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Policy Research Programme - Policy Research Units


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Supporting Information

The Government is committed to enhancing the contribution of research and evaluation to health and social care. The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) invites applications for NIHR Policy Research Units (PRUs) to run from January 2024-December 2028.

Applications open: 09 August 2022

Application deadline: 11 October 2022, 13:00

For any queries relating to the PRUs, please submit a response to the PRU Query Form.

We will be hosting a series of webinars for each of the planned topics for the new PRUs, to assist applicants. If you are interested in signing up, please do so through our PRU Topic Specific Webinar Registration Form.

Planned Policy Research Units

The topics to be covered by the new PRUs and the relevant research specifications are outlined and linked to in the table below.


Specific topics

Specialism specific

System directed
Life course Maternal & Neonatal Health & Care
Condition specific

Applicant webinar

A virtual webinar to discuss the PRUs was held on 10 June and a recording is available.

To request a copy of the slides, please use the PRU Query Form.