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Our funding programmes

Our funding programmes

The NIHR offers project funding through its different funding programmes.

Our programmes are open to applications of any rigorous study design including:

  • evidence syntheses
  • pilot and feasibility studies
  • randomised controlled trials
  • quantitative research
  • qualitative research

The most suitable programme for your research idea depends on your broad research area, the scale of study, whether it will generate new evidence or blend existing evidence.

Eligibility criteria

Any applicant who considers that they can carry out high quality  research is likely to be eligible, either directly or with a partner.

We accept applications from:

  • individual researchers
  • academic institutions
  • local authorities
  • industry
  • charities
  • social care organisations

We do not fund research involving animals or animal tissue. We will not accept the same or substantially similar applications to more than one NIHR programme.

Most programmes do not have a limit on funding. If any funding opportunity does have a limit this will be clearly detailed in the call information.

Applicants should review individual funding opportunities for specific eligibility requirements. Contact individual funding programmes for further questions about eligibility.

Applicants from the UK

Some programmes can only accept applications where the lead applicant is from England. See details in each programme’s specification. Co-applicants for all programmes can be from anywhere in the UK.

Applicants from outside the UK

International applicants may apply as a co-applicant with a UK or England-based lead applicant, depending on the programme's specification.

Applicants based in low to middle income countries can apply to our Global Health programmes.

Funding programmes overview

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