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@gov.wales 

Open calls:

Health Research Fellowship Award

NHS Research Time Award

Research Funding Scheme: Social Care Grant

Research for Patient and Public Benefit (RfPPB) Wales 

Funding Scheme Launch Dates 2018 - 2020* Information about funding scheme launch dates is available here: Funding Scheme Launch Dates 2018 - 2020
*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 Health Research Fellowship Award is now open to applications. 

Scheme Remit                                        

The fellowship aims to support individuals to become independent researchers through leading and undertaking high-quality research. The fellowship offers up to three years full-time funding (or four or five years part-time), to individuals who have no more than 60-months Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) postdoctoral research experience at the time of applying.

Applications are invited from individuals working across any health-related or scientific discipline to undertake research with demonstrable public, health service practice or policy benefit that which will add to the health research evidence base.

Applicants should show evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and demonstrate how the award will support their potential to become an independent researcher. Health and Care Research Wales consider this a training fellowship and applications should therefore describe a comprehensive training and development programme that the host institution will provide in order to meet identified training needs leading to independent investigator status.

Scheme Eligibility

Please refer to the relevant year’s call guidance for eligibility criteria, for the 2019 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.
  • 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 
  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

Please visit the Health Research Fellowship Award page for more details and guidance

Funding Outcomes

Health Fellowship Funding Recommendations 2016

Health Fellowship Funding Recommendations 2017

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 2020.

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 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. 
  • 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 
  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

This call is now closed. A sample application form is available for reference only, and is reviewed in advance of each call. 

Funding Outcomes

Social Care Fellowship Funding Recommendations 2016 

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

Applications are currently closed

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 2019 call has been 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 6 years (50% WTE).

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

How to Apply

Please click here for application form and guidance notes.

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:

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

Current Call Status

The next call for applications will open in January 2020.

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
  • The Applicant must be based at the Host Institution at the time of applying
  • Applications must have the support of the Host Institution
  • Applicants must be in a position to ensure that studentships can commence by 1 October.
  • Applications must address at least one of the priority areas listed in the application form, or the specific call theme
  • The student must be entirely funded for this project by the Health and Care Research Wales Studentship Award
  • This scheme cannot be used to fund part of an existing course of studies leading to a PhD qualification

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

How to Apply

The PhD Health Studentship Award is now closed to applications

Funding Outcomes

Funded Research Archive – coming soon

PhD Health Studentship Committee Recommendations 2016

PhD Health Studentship Committee Recommendations 2017

Further Information

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

Current Call Status

Applications are currently closed

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

The Health Grant is closed for applications

A sample application form can be downloaded for reference only, and is reviewed in advance of each call.

Funding Outcomes

Research Funding Scheme: Health Grant Funding Board Recommendations 2016

Research Funding Scheme: Health Grant Funding Board Recommendations 2015

Funded Research Library (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 is now open for applications.

The scheme will close to Stage 1 applications on Tuesday 29 October 2019 at 13:00. Late applications will not be considered.

Scheme Remit

The Research Funding Scheme: Social Care Grant aims to support capacity and capability building in social care research by funding high-quality research projects with clear relevance to social care service users, carers, practitioners and policy makers. Research funded under this scheme should provide robust evidence to support the efficient and effective organisation and delivery of social care services in Wales, and/or improved service user or carer wellbeing.

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 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.

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

Application Assessment Process

The application process has two stages. Stage 1 applications (deadline: 29 October 2019) are first checked that they are in remit and competitive. Those passing this initial check are reviewed by the All Wales Prioritisation Panel (AWPP) who advise Health and Care Research Wales on the importance of the research to social care service users, carers, the public and social care providers, practitioners and policy makers in Wales. Applications are then shortlisted by a Prioritisation Oversight Committee.

Shortlisted applications will be invited to submit a Stage 2 proposal in December 2019. Stage 2 applications will have a deadline of 25 February 2020 and will be checked for competitiveness, receive external peer review, and be assessed by the Funding Board in June 2020. Please note that it will be a condition of funding that all successful projects will be expected to start on 1 October 2020.

Funding Outcomes

Research Funding Scheme: Social Care Grant Funding Board Recommendations 2018

Research Funding Scheme: Social Care Grant Funding Board Recommendations 2016

Funded Research Archive (coming soon)

Further Information and How to Apply

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

Current Call Status

The 2019 round of NHS Research Time Awards, formally known as Clinical Research Time Awards, is now open. The application window closes at 17:00 on Thursday 17 October 2019.

Award 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 Lead or Co-applicant, developing and leading high-quality research studies at a local, national or international level.

Eligibility

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Applicants must 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 either primary care, secondary care, community care or public health;
  • Ideally applicants must be in a position to commence activities by or within three months of 1 April 2020; (deferment of this date may be considered in exceptional circumstances, such as the employer NHS organisation having difficulty in back filling the post)
  • Applicants must have the support of the relevant R&D and Clinical Directors (or equivalent) of their employer NHS organisation;
  • Applicants must 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.

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 and NHS track record of the applicant;
  • the quality of the proposed research activities;
  • NHS and patient/public need in the areas of specified activity. Applicants have been advised in the call documentation that new National Standards for Public Involvement in Research were introduced in March 2018, more information available here;
  • 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

To apply please complete the NHS Research Time Award application form

Guidance on completing the application form
Application form (pdf)
Application form (doc)

Funding Outcomes

Clinical Research Time Awards Funding Panel Recommendations 2015
Clinical Research Time Awards Funding Panel Recommendations 2016
Clinical Research Time Awards Funding Panel Recommendations 2017

Further Information

Please contact: Healthandcareresearchgrants@gov.wales 

Current Call Status

Applications are currently closed

Scheme Remit

The Research Capacity Building Collaboration (RCBC) is a partnership between six Universities in Wales, funded by Health and Care Research Wales. It represents an opportunity for new and experienced researchers in nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, clinical science and allied health professions, to obtain funding to conduct research.

RCBC provides shared support for a range of fellowships across the research trajectory, including:

  • First into Research
  • Master’s degrees
  • Doctoral and postdoctoral projects

All those funded by RCBC join the Community of Scholars, which meets six times a year. It provides mentorship and master classes in research methods and research leadership, including in engaging with and influencing policy. RCBC’s alumni of over 50 members are encouraged to keep in touch and network with new members.

The RCBC Wales First Into Research Fellowship call is open for applications, you can apply here.

Further Information

For more information and details of funding calls, please visit www.rcbcwales.org.uk and on Twitter @RCBCWales.

You can also contact: marina.mcdonald@southwales.ac.uk / 01443 483070.

Research Capacity Building Collaboration (RCBC) Wales fellowships

Current Call Status

The Research for Patient and Public Benefit (RfPPB) Wales scheme is now open for applications.

Scheme Remit

This scheme is open to individuals based in NHS organisations in Wales. The Lead Applicant should be research active at the time of applying and must have an established role within the NHS.

The scheme supports capacity and capability building in NHS Wales (including Public Health Wales) by funding research related to the day-to-day practice of the health service, including integrated health and social care practice, and associated patient and public benefit.

Scheme Eligibility

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

  • Individuals based in NHS organisations in Wales are eligible to apply. An application from an NHS organisation in Wales can include an academic partner organisation. If the academic partner organisation is from outside Wales, a strong case must be made that the chosen partner is best placed to provide the academic input to the planned research.
  • The Lead Applicant must have an established role within the NHS. Honorary contracts will be accepted; however, if the Lead Applicant’s primary contract is not with an NHS institution in Wales they must have held a service delivery role within the NHS for at least six months at the time of applying.
  • The relevant Health Board or NHS Trust will be expected to sign-off the application - where sign-off will include confirmation that an honorary contract is in place and a commitment to support those with honorary contracts.
  • Exceptions could be made for primary care health professionals, for example, optometrists, dentists and pharmacists, working as NHS Service Providers, as long as satisfactory alternative contracting arrangements can be agreed. Applicants from these professions are advised to contact the Health and Care Research Wales office for discussion in advance of applying.

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

Application assessment process

Please refer to the guidance notes for further details.

  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 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 RfPPB 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.

How to apply

The application process has two stages. Stage 1 applications (deadline: 29 October 2019) are first checked that they are in remit and competitive. Those passing this initial check are reviewed by the All Wales Prioritisation Panel (AWPP) who advise Health and Care Research Wales on the importance of the research to NHS Wales, patients and the public.

Applications are then shortlisted by a Prioritisation Oversight Committee.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a Stage 2 proposal in December 2019. Stage 2 applications will have a deadline of 25 February 2020 and will be checked for competitiveness, receive external peer review, and be assessed by the Funding Board in June 2020. Please note that it will be a condition of funding that all successful projects will be expected to start on 1 October 2020.

Funding outcomes

RfPPB Funding Board Recommendations 2018

RfPPB Funding Board Recommendations 2017

RfPPB Funding Board Recommendations 2016

RfPPB Funding Board Recommendations 2015

Funded Research Archive (includes open and closed RfPPB projects)

Further information

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

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