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.

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 next call for applications will open in September 2017.

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

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 or if applying to the integrated health and social care theme describe how the proposal addresses health and social care integration issues.

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 Funding Board. The Funding Board makes funding recommendations to Health and Care Research Wales. The applicant will also undertake an interview.

*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 [link to follow], and is reviewed in advance of each call.

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.

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 to follow), 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 Funding Board (pdf to follow). The Funding Board makes funding recommendations to Health and Care Research Wales. The applicant will also undertake an interview.

*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 (link to follow), and is reviewed in advance of each call.

Funding Outcomes

Social Care Fellowship Funding Recommendations 2014 (pdf to follow)

Further Information

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

Current Call Status

The Social Care Studentship Awards are now open for 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 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

Applications are due at 5pm on the 1st of September 2017. On receipt of an award, successful applicants must recruit a suitable student to the project by 1st January 2018

Funding Outcomes

Coming soon

The Social Care Studentship Committee is currently being reviewed with the 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 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 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.  

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 next call for applications opens in November 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.

The scheme will not fund:

  • Setting up or maintaining research units.
  • Applications which are solely service developments
    (Although the scheme will fund research aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of a service or intervention, it will not fund the costs of providing the service or intervention itself).
  • Applications which are limited to: audit, survey, needs assessment
  • Conceptual research.

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 stated budget.
  • 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 [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 [insert link] (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 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: 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 next round of Clinical Research Time Awards open for applications in September 2017.

Scheme Remit

The scheme is 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.

It aims to build research capacity and capability in the NHS by offering staff the opportunity to apply for protected time to engage in research activity.

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

 

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 next round of the RfPPB Wales scheme opens for applications in November 2017.

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. For more information please visit our RfPBB webpage.

 

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