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Research for Patient Benefit

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) is a national, response-mode programme established in 2006 to generate high quality research for the benefit of users of the NHS in England.

It funds regionally-derived applied research projects in health services and social care. Its main purpose is to realise, through evidence, the huge potential for improving, expanding and strengthening the way that healthcare is delivered for patients, the public and the NHS.

RfPB is coordinated at a national level and in January 2010, Professor David Armstrong succeeded Professor Celia Davies as Programme Director.

News and call dates

RfPB Competition 24 is now open.

RfPB Competition 24 is part of the pilot of the Activity Capture and Attribution Template (ACAT). More information on the ACAT can be found on the additional guidance page.

You can subscribe to RSS feeds on the NIHR home page for news and calls.

For an overview of all research programme call dates visit the CCF calls page.

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit and Programme Grants team up with the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) and Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) have teamed up with the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme in order to encourage the flow of research along the research pathway across appropriate NIHR research programmes. The HTA programme is seeking Expressions of Interest from RfPB and PGfAR grant award holders to apply for a subsequent study that builds on their currently funded research.

Further details on the opportunity can be found on the funding opportunity website

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 4 June 2014.

Long-term Conditions in Children and Young People Themed Call

The NIHR is issuing a call for evaluative research for long-term conditions in children and young people. The research should aim to provide the evidence base to improve the health outcomes for children and young people that result from long-term conditions. The call is in support of the annual report of the Chief Medical Officer 2012 entitled “Our Children Deserve Better: Prevention Pays”.

This call is a key component of the NIHR response to the need for further research-based evidence for long-term conditions in children and young people up to the age of 25 through:

• supporting capacity building across a wide range of disciplines working with childrens’ health and disabilities;

• increasing the volume of high-quality research on the efficacy, effectiveness, delivery and organisation of interventions and services for children and young people.

For further information please visit the themed call website.

Applications can be made through Competition 24 (opens on 26 February 2014) and Competition 25 (opens in late June 2014) – please see our How to apply page for more information.

Final funding decisions will be made by late November 2014 (Competition 24) and March 2015 (Competition 25).

Prioritising Patients

Over 500 projects have received support since RfPB first launched in 2006. A review of the first three funding competitions was published in 2008.

Read Prioritising Patients – A review of the first three funding competitions

Apply to join your Regional Advisory Committee

The NIHR is seeking to appoint new members to serve on RfPB Regional Advisory Committees.  For further information about the vacancies available and how to apply, please click on the link below: 

Need the deadlines for applications? 

There are three RfPB funding competitions per year. For the timetable of competitions please click here.

Who's who on our Regional Advisory Committees?  

For a list of our Committee members click here to access the Regional Advisory Committee map. 

What research have we funded?

For an up to date list of NIHR projects funded under RfPB please click here.

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