Welsh Government

Our funding schemes

Health and Care Research Wales runs a number of schemes designed to stimulate excellence and support capacity building in health and social care research. For funding queries please contact: healthandcareresearchgrants@wales.gsi.gov.uk 

Funding Scheme Launch Dates 2017 - 2019* Information about funding scheme launch dates is available here: Funding Scheme Launch Dates 2017 - 2019
*Launch dates correct at time of publishing, but subject to change.

Current open funding schemes:

The Health Research Fellowship Award 2017 call closes 29 November 2017

The Research Funding Scheme: Social Care Grant call closes 20 December 2017

The Research for Patient and Public Benefit (RfPPB) Wales call closes 20 December 2017

Find out more about our funding schemes:
Click on the titles below to find out more information about the full range of funding schemes. Please note that unless stated these funding schemes are currently closed to applications.

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Current Call Status

The Health Research Fellowship Award 2017 call closes 29 November, 2017 apply here.

Scheme Remit                                        

The Fellowship aims to build capacity in health and social care research by supporting individuals to become independent researchers and to undertake high-quality research projects. Applications are invited from individuals working across any sector or scientific discipline to undertake research which will benefit patients, public, service users and/ or carers in Wales.

Applicants will need to demonstrate how their work will benefit patients, service users and carers, and provide training and development opportunities for the proposed fellow. Applicants are expected to show evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and demonstrate how the award will support the potential to become an independent researcher.

Scheme Eligibility

Please refer to the relevant year’s call guidance for eligibility criteria, for the 2017 award click here

Eligibility is reviewed in advance of each call. Criteria currently include:

  • Applicants must be based at an institution or organisation in Wales at the time of applying.
  • Fellowships can be undertaken on a full-time basis over 3 years (100% WTE), or part time over 4 years (75% WTE) or 5 years (60% WTE).
  • Applicants must have a PhD, or other research-based professional doctorate in health and social care-related research (Health and Care Research Wales will also accept applications from Applicants who have submitted their PhD thesis, or equivalent, to their institutions for assessment).
  • Applicants must have a named Academic Mentor.
  • Applicants must have no more than 60 months FTE post-doctoral research experience at the time of applying.
  • Applications must be relevant to at least one of the priority policy areas listed in the call documentation, or, as part of the Health Research Fellowship Call 2017 theme, Health and Care Research Wales would particularly welcome applications addressing ‘Does co-production increase the sustainability of public services?
  • Applicants must be in a position to commence activities by 1 October of the relevant year of award.
  • Applications must have the support of the Host Institution.

Summary of Application Assessment Process

  1. Eligibility and basic competitiveness* checks to ensure applications are within call and scheme remit, and meet criteria necessary to progress to full assessment;
  2. Applications are assessed by a Shortlisting Panel.
  3. Shortlisted applications are sent out for external peer and public review prior to the applicant being called for interview by the Health Research Fellowship Panel [Fellowship Panel doc to follow]. 
  4. The Panel makes funding recommendations to Health and Care Research Wales

*Please note: ‘Not competitive’ means that a proposal is not of a sufficiently high standard to be taken forward for further assessment.

How to Apply

Details of how to apply can be found here

Funding Outcomes

Health Fellowship Funding Recommendations 2016

Further Information

Please contact: +44 (0)23 8059 1925 (24 hour answer phone) or email: wales@soton.ac.uk.

Current Call Status

The next call for applications will open in September 2018.

Scheme Remit

The Fellowship aims to build capacity in health and social care research by supporting individuals to become independent researchers and to undertake high-quality research projects. Applications are invited from individuals working across any sector or scientific discipline to undertake research which will benefit patients, public, service users and/ or carers in Wales.

Applicants will need to demonstrate how their work will benefit service users and carers, and provide training and development opportunities for the proposed fellow. Applicants are expected to show evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and demonstrate how the award will support the potential to become an independent researcher.

Scheme Eligibility

Eligibility is reviewed in advance of each call. Criteria currently include:

  • Applicants must be based at an institution or organisation in Wales at the time of applying.
  • Fellowships can be undertaken on a full-time basis over 3 years (100% WTE), or part time over 4 years (75% WTE) or 5 years (60% WTE).
  • Applicants must have a PhD, or other research-based professional doctorate in health and social care-related research (Health and Care Research Wales will also accept applications from Applicants who have submitted their PhD thesis, or equivalent, to their institutions for assessment).
  • Applicants must have a named Academic Mentor.
  • Applicants must have no more than 36 months FTE post-doctoral research experience at the time of applying.
  • Applications must be relevant to at least one of the priority policy areas listed in the call documentation. 
  • Applicants must be in a position to commence activities by 1 October of the relevant year of award.
  • Applications must have the support of the Host Institution.

Please refer to the relevant year’s call guidance for an up-to-date, comprehensive list of criteria.

Summary of Application Assessment Process

  1. Eligibility and basic competitiveness* checks to ensure applications are within call and scheme remit, and meet criteria necessary to progress to full assessment;
  2. Applications are assessed by a Shortlisting Panel.
  3. Shortlisted applications are sent out for external peer and public review prior to the applicant being called for interview by the Health Research Fellowship Panel [Fellowship Panel doc to follow].
  4. The Panel makes funding recommendations to Health and Care Research Wales.

*Please note: ‘Not competitive’ means that a proposal is not of a sufficiently high standard to be taken forward for further assessment.

How to Apply

Details of how to apply will be posted at the call launch. A sample application form is available for reference only, and is reviewed in advance of each call.

Funding Outcomes

Social Care Fellowship Funding Recommendations 2014 

Further Information

Please contact: +44 (0)23 8059 1925 (24 hour answer phone) or email: wales@soton.ac.uk.

Current Call Status

The PhD Social Care Studentship Award is now closed to applications. 

Scheme Remit

The Social Care Studentship funds talented individuals to undertake research and study leading to a PhD.

The scheme supports capacity building in health and social care research by funding high-quality research projects providing robust evidence which addresses the social care needs of service users, carers and the wider population, and/or the organisation and delivery of efficient and effective social care services in Wales.  

The Award welcomes both themed and non-themed applications.

Themed applications: Priority areas for this Award are identified as ‘Care and Support at Home’; Dementia’ and ‘Looked after children’, with a focus on prevention and early intervention. These have been nominated as key research priorities based on Welsh Government policy and to align with the research and improvement focus for Social Care Wales.

Application and Assessment Process

The application and assessment process for the 2017 call is being developed with the Wales School for Social Care Research. 

Scheme Eligibility

Eligibility is reviewed in advance of each call. Criteria currently include:

  • The Host Institution must be based in Wales.
  • Applications must come from the proposed PhD Supervisor, who is defined as the Applicant to this scheme and who will recruit the Student. On receipt of an award, successful Applicants must recruit a suitable Student to the project by the stated deadline in the call documentation.
  • Applications must have the support of the Host Institution.
  • Applicants must be in a position to ensure that Studentships can commence by the deadline stated in the relevant call documentation.
  • Students recruited must not be currently registered at a university for a course of studies leading to a PhD qualification
  • Studentships can be undertaken on a full-time basis over a three year period or a part-time basis over 4 years (75% WTE) or 5 years (60% WTE).

Please refer to the relevant year’s call guidance for an up-to-date, comprehensive list of criteria.

How to Apply

Application form

Guidance notes

On receipt of an award, successful applicants must recruit a suitable student to the project by 01 January 2018

Funding Outcomes

Coming soon

The Social Care Studentship Committee is currently being reviewed with the Wales School for Social Care Research.

Further Information

Please contact:

Richenda Leonard, Wales School for Social Care Research: r.c.m.leonard@swansea.ac.uk / 01792 604922

Mrs Maria Davis, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University: a.m.davis@swansea.ac.uk /  01792 295309

Current Call Status

The next round of PhD Health Studentship Awards opens for applications in January 2018.

Scheme Remit

The Health Studentship funds talented individuals to undertake research and study leading to a PhD.

The scheme supports capacity building in health and care research by funding high-quality research projects providing robust evidence which addresses the health and care needs of service users, carers and the wider population, and/or the organisation and delivery of efficient and effective services in Wales.  

Studentship calls may incorporate topical themes which align with Welsh Government policy priorities, which will be indicated in the call documentation. Where this applies, applicants can apply to the general scheme or specifically to the themed call.

Application and Assessment Process

The application and assessment process for the 2018 call is being developed. The most recent Studentship Committee can be found here.

Scheme Eligibility

Eligibility is reviewed in advance of each call. Criteria currently include:

  • The Host Institution must be based in Wales.
  • Applications must come from the proposed PhD Supervisor, who is defined as the Applicant to this scheme and who will recruit the Student. On receipt of an award, successful Applicants must recruit a suitable Student to the project by the stated deadline in the call documentation.
  • Applications must have the support of the Host Institution.
  • Applicants must be in a position to ensure that Studentships can commence by the deadline stated in the relevant call documentation.
  • Students recruited must not be currently registered at a university for a course of studies leading to a PhD qualification
  • Studentships can be undertaken on a full-time basis over a three year period or a part-time basis over 4 years (75% WTE) or 5 years (60% WTE).

Please refer to the relevant year’s call guidance for an up-to-date, comprehensive list of criteria.

How to Apply

Details of how to apply will be posted at the call launch. A sample application form is available for reference only (coming soon), and is reviewed in advance of each call.

Funding Outcomes

Funded Research Archive – coming soon

PhD Health Studentship Committee Recommendations 2016

Further Information

Please contact Health and Care Research Wales at:  Healthandcareresearchgrants@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Current Call Status

The next call for applications opens in November 2018.

Scheme Remit

The Research Funding Scheme: Health Grant Award aims to build capacity in health research by funding high-quality research projects. These projects will provide robust evidence with clear relevance to patients, the public, service users, carers and/or the organisation and delivery of effective healthcare in Wales. Calls for applications usually incorporate a ‘themed’ brief, which covers key themes relevant to Welsh Government policy priority.

The scheme will support translational through to applied research, including the early stages of intervention development, where knowledge obtained from these preliminary studies will provide the underpinning evidence for future pilot testing and evaluation. 

All applicants, including those wishing to undertake earlier translational research, should state clearly the likely impact of their findings in the short to medium term and how these will lead to improvements in healthcare and / or patient / public benefit.

Scheme Eligibility

Eligibility is reviewed in advance of each call. Criteria currently include:

  • Applicants must be based at an institution or organisation in Wales at the time of applying.
  • The period for which funding is requested must be no more than 24 months and must not exceed the budget stated in the call documentation.
  • Applications must have the support of the host institution.
  • Applicants must have a PhD, UK MD, or other research-based professional doctorate in health-related research, at the time of applying.
  • Applicants must have no more than 60 months of post-doctoral research experience (this may exclude, for example, career breaks, maternity/paternity leave and illness).
  • Early stage career applicants must have Principal Co-applicant support from a senior researcher.

Please refer to the relevant year’s call guidance for an up-to-date, comprehensive list of criteria.

Application Assessment Process

  1. Eligibility and basic competitiveness* checks to ensure applications are within call and scheme remit, and meet criteria necessary to progress to full assessment;
  2. The All Wales Prioritisation Panel, consisting of members from Welsh Government, health service and the public, reviews the importance of the proposed research to patients, the public and NHS Wales. Only applications deemed of sufficient importance progress to the next stage.
  3. Scientific Peer and Public Review and independent Research Funding Scheme Funding Board assessment. The Funding Board makes funding recommendations to Health and Care Research Wales.

*Please note: ‘Not competitive’ means that a proposal is not of a sufficiently high standard to be taken forward for further assessment.

How to Apply

Details of how to apply will be posted at the call launch. A sample application form is attached for reference only, and is reviewed in advance of each call.

Funding Outcomes

Research Funding Scheme: Health Grant Funding Board Recommendations 2015

Funded Research Archive (coming soon)

Further Information

Please contact: +44 (0)23 8059 1925 (24 hour answer phone) or email: wales@soton.ac.uk.

Current Call Status

The Research Funding Scheme: Social Care Grant call closes 20 December, 2017, apply here

Call finish: 20 December 2017

Scheme Remit

The Research Funding Scheme: Social Care Grant aims to support capacity building in social care research by funding high-quality research projects. These projects will provide robust evidence with clear relevance to social care service users, carers, and/or the organisation and delivery of effective social care services.

Engagement with a breadth of social care stakeholders is encouraged throughout the research process. Where appropriate, practitioners and service users should be involved to ensure maximum potential for uptake of research outputs. Close collaborative working between academic and service provider organisations is also encouraged. This can add value and increase impact, through facilitating and shaping the research and working with the project to increase knowledge exchange.

Multidisciplinary research teams and research partnerships with social care practice are strongly encouraged. All applicants should include a dissemination plan that shows clearly how the key messages from the research will be effectively communicated to relevant social care and support policymakers, organisations and/or individuals. 

Applicants should also state clearly the likely impact of their findings in the short, medium, and longer term and explain how these will lead to improvements to social care and support and/or service user/carer wellbeing.

Scheme Eligibility

Eligibility is reviewed in advance of each call. Criteria currently include:

  • Applicants must be based at an institution or organisation in Wales at the time of applying.
  • Applicants must be in a position to commence activities by 1 October 2018.
  • Applicants must have a PhD, UK MD or other research-based professional doctorate in social care-related research, at the time of applying (we will also accept applications from Applicants who have submitted their PhD thesis, or equivalent, to their institution for assessment. In these cases the Applicant must have been notified of a successful outcome by 20 December 2017).
  • Applicants to the general call must have no more than 60 months of post-doctoral research experience (this may exclude, for example, career breaks, maternity/paternity leave and illness).
  • Applicants to the general call must have Principal Co-applicant support from a senior researcher, failure to provide this will prevent your application progressing.
  • Applications to the themed call are welcome from both early career researchers (defined as no more than 60-months post-doctoral research experience since obtaining their doctoral qualification) and those individuals with over five years’ postdoctoral research experience.
  • The period for which funding is requested must be no more than 24 months.
  • The research costs of individual projects must not exceed £250,000.
  • Applications must have the support of the host institution.

Please refer to the relevant year’s call guidance for an up-to-date, comprehensive list of criteria.

Application Assessment Process

  1. Eligibility and basic competitiveness* checks to ensure applications are within call and scheme remit, and meet criteria necessary to progress to full assessment;
  2. The All Wales Prioritisation Panel [pdf coming soon], consisting of members from Welsh Government, health service professionals and commissioners and the public, reviews the importance of the proposed research question to policy, practice, patients and public. Only applications deemed of sufficient importance are recommended for scientific review.
  3. Independent Research Funding Scheme Funding Board (incorporating Scientific Peer and Public Review) assessment. The Funding Board makes funding recommendations to Health and Care Research Wales based on the scientific quality of the research proposals.

*Please note: ‘Not competitive’ means that a proposal is not of a sufficiently high standard to be taken forward for further assessment

How to Apply

Details of how to apply can be found here

Funding Outcomes

Research Funding Scheme: Social Care Grant Funding Board Recommendations 2016

Funded Research Archive (coming soon)

Further Information

Please contact: +44 (0)23 8059 1925 (24 hour answer phone) or email: wales@soton.ac.uk.

 

Current Call Status

The Clinical Research Time Award is now closed to applications.

Award Remit

Clinical Research Time Awards (CRTAs) offer NHS staff the opportunity to apply for protected time to engage in research activity. This supports Health and Care Research Wales’ aim of building research capacity and capability within NHS Wales. 

Applicants should have a clear interest in developing their research skills and should aspire to becoming either a Principal Investigator (PI), leading high-quality research at a local level, or a Chief Investigator (CI), developing and leading high-quality research studies at a national or international level.

CRTAs are open to staff in NHS Wales or staff contracted to NHS Wales (such as doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and clinical scientists) in primary, secondary or community care or public health. 

Eligibility

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a member of NHS staff or staff contracted to the NHS (doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, allied health professions, clinical scientists, and others) in the NHS in Wales, in primary care, secondary care, community care or public health.
  • Have support of the relevant R&D and Clinical Directors of their employer NHS organisation.
  • Have a named Academic Supervisor(s) affiliated to a high-quality research group.

Please refer to the relevant year’s call guidance for an up-to-date, comprehensive list of criteria which can be found here: www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/news/clinical-research-time-award-2017/ 

Application and Assessment Process

Applications will first be assessed for their eligibility by Health and Care Research Wales. Applications deemed eligible will then be assessed by a panel of NHS R&D directors and academics.

The Panel will be chaired by the Director of Health and Care Research Wales and will make funding recommendations to Health and Care Research Wales.

The Panel will assess each application on the following criteria:

  • the quality of the individual;
  • the quality of the proposed research activities;
  • NHS and patient/public need in the areas of specified activity;
  • the quality of the research environment and academic collaborators;
  • the potential and trajectory of the applicant as a researcher;
  • the quality of the academic supervisor;
  • the clarity and purpose of post-award plans;
  • the support of the relevant R&D Director and host NHS organisation.

How to Apply

Details of how to apply will be posted at the call launch. A sample application form is attached for reference only, and is reviewed in advance of each call.

Sample application form 

Funding Outcomes

CRTA Funding Panel Recommendations 2015

CRTA Funding Panel Recommendations 2016

Further Information

Please contact: Healthandcareresearchgrants@wales.gsi.gov.uk

The Research Capacity Building Collaboration (RCBC) Wales is a partnership between six Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Wales, funded by Health and Care Research Wales. It represents an opportunity for new and experienced researchers in nursing, midwifery, allied health professions, pharmacists, and clinical scientists to obtain funding for various research projects. For more information visit www.rcbcwales.org.uk.

Current Call Status

First into Research Fellowships are open to applications. The deadline (to confirm your eligibility) is 13 February 2017.

Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to applications. The deadline (to confirm your eligibility) is 13 February 2017.

Further information, the eligibility checklist and full application forms are available here for First into Research Fellowships and here for Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Current Call Status

The Research for Patient and Public Benefit (RfPPB) Wales call closes 20 December, 2017 apply here 

Scheme remit

This scheme is intended to support research which is related to the day-to-day practice of health service staff and will have an impact on the health of NHS users.

Funded research projects are likely to fall into the areas of health service research and public health research, although other areas are not excluded from the scheme. 

 

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