NIHR funding opportunities

Please find below a list of NIHR funding opportunities with closing dates in October and November 2021.

NIHR Mental Health Research Fellowships

As part of the programme, 12 Career Development Fellowships are available. Applications are invited from health and care professionals working in mental health but without a strong track record of mental health research (including but not limited to social work, nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, public health practitioners, housing providers, care home managers, paramedics) and methodologists (including social scientists, statisticians, economists and evidence synthesis experts) wishing to develop research careers in the area spanned by this programme. The NIHR Schools for Primary Care Research (SPCR), Public Health Research (SPHR) and Social Care Research (SSCR) have joined together on a programme of work around improving mental health and wellbeing in underserved communities.

Closing date: 7 October 2021
Find out more and apply

NIHR Mental Health Practice Evaluation Scheme

Hosted by the three NIHR Schools (primary care, public health and social care) the scheme aims to support the work of the Schools in partnership with professionals across a range of sectors, in order to evaluate innovative local projects, policies, strategies or initiatives/interventions that improve mental health and wellbeing in underserved populations.

Closing date: 8 October 2021
Expressions of Interest (short form)

Targeting Health Needs Awards

Award to support research addressing unmet health needs funded through the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) North East and North Cumbria (NENC). Bringing clinical and applied research to underserved communities with major health needs and building capacity and capability in preventative, public health and social care research (Public health, Non-NHS and Social Care).

Launch event date: 20 October 2021, 13:00 - 14:15
Register here

NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) North East and North Cumbria (NENC) Greenshoots Scheme

For professionals working in Public Health and Social Care, medical staff, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, clinical research practitioners, registered professionals (e.g. pharmacists and clinical psychologists). Awards start in April and come with £4,500 per year to buy out the recipient’s time.

Closing Date: 22 October 2021
Find out more and apply or contact Lesley Haley at AskFuse (the responsive research & evaluation service run by Fuse), email:

NIHR Practitioner Research Fellows

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC) is looking to appoint a number of NIHR Practitioner Research Fellows (as secondments) who will work between the ARC NENC and regional health and care providers, to develop and deliver high quality applied health research directly related to local health and care priorities. This is an ideal opportunity for individuals already working within health or social care settings to gain formal experience in applied research, as well as develop new skills in evaluation and project management. To apply, you will need to be a professional working in health or social care including the third and voluntary sectors. This includes doctors, dentists, allied health professionals, social workers and other practitioners working for health and care providers or support organisations.

Closing date: 31 October 2021
Find out more and apply

NIHR Local Authority Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (LA SPARC)

The LA SPARC scheme supports individuals working in local authority settings and NIHR Academy members (including NIHR School for Public Health Research / Fuse members), to design and apply for funds to undertake short placements allowing them to move between NIHR and local authority settings in either direction. Individuals can apply to the scheme for up to £15,000 to undertake a bespoke short placement/taster opportunity. Applications are short/light-touch and will be assessed in open competition.

Closing date: 25 November 2021
Find out more and apply or contact Lesley at AskFuse, email:

NIHR Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC)

The SPARC scheme offers NIHR Academy members (from pre-doctoral to early career post-doctoral researchers) supported by a part of NIHR Infrastructure, Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) or an NIHR School, an opportunity to spend time in other parts of the NIHR; to network, train in a specific skill or collaborate with other researchers/specialists. Individuals can apply to the SPARC scheme for up to £5,000 to undertake a bespoke short placement designed to optimise and enhance research training, CVs and academic careers. Applicants are welcome to consider planning and undertaking placements of their own choosing but are specifically encouraged to focus on multiple long term conditions or navigating and working with parts of the NIHR with links to industry and the commercial sector. Awards will be made following a short, light touch, open competition.

Closing date: 25 November 2021
Find out more and apply

Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Team (PHIRST) scheme

Need support to research or evaluate a local authority public health intervention? The PHIRST scheme is for local authority initiatives that are likely to lead to important impacts on population health and be widely generalisable, where there is an identified need for the initiative and where research will provide timely evidence to underpin policy or practice. PHIRST North is led by Fuse and we work in partnership with other academic partners to deliver the scheme.

Another funding call is expected in the next few weeks
To find out more, please contact Lesley Haley at AskFuse, email:

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