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Public Health Research Programme – future topics


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The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme is considering the following topics for future commissioned research:

  1. Interventions to support the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees
  2. Interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of sex workers
  3. Tobacco control plans in the UK
  4. Health and health inequality impacts of place-based interventions
  5. Interventions to reduce loneliness
  6. Effectiveness of interventions aimed at preventing domestic abuse
  7. The health impacts of no recourse to public funds
  8. Workplace health: interventions to improve physical and mental health for employees
  9. Reducing sexually transmitted infections

If prioritised, the potential advert date for Stage 1 applications to these funding opportunities is either Autumn 2022 (possibly 25 October 2022) or Spring 2023 (possibly 7 March 2023). However, please note these are indicative dates, which may change.

The commissioning briefs, published when the funding opportunity opens, will provide details of the topic.  If you would like notification of when PHR calls go live, please sign up to receive our monthly funding bulletin, and weekly funding alerts.

Alternatively, if you are interested in contributing to the development of our future topic areas, you can help by becoming a reviewer.