Welsh Government

Partner funding schemes

These are schemes run by others in which Health and Care Research Wales is a funding partner.

It includes participation in agreed National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) programmes, which provides Wales-based researchers with full access to the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation, Health Technology Assessment, Health Service and Delivery Research and Public Health Research funding schemes. 

Please click on the titles below to reveal more information about each funding scheme.

EME funds clinical trials and evaluative studies which test clinical efficacy of interventions where proof of concept in humans has already been demonstrated and add significantly to the understanding of biological or behavioural mechanisms and processes.

The aim is to secure the progress of new technologies and interventions through early clinical trials and on to larger, later trials.

Drug treatments, psychological interventions, public health initiatives, diagnostic tests, medical devices and prevention interventions are all within the remit of the Programme.

 For more information visit their website here:

The HTA Programme delivers independent research about the clinical and cost-effectiveness (and impact) of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS.

The term ‘Health Technology’ covers a range of methods used to promote health, prevent and treat disease and improve rehabilitation and long term care.

This includes drugs, psychological interventions, devices, procedures, care settings and screening.

For more information visit their website here:

The HS&DR Programme funds research to produce evidence on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health services.

This includes evaluations of how the NHS might improve delivery of services and studies which:

  • Address an issue of major strategic importance to the NHS
  • Are likely to lead to changes in practice that will have a significant impact on a large number of patients across the UK
  • Aim to fill a clear ‘evidence gap’ and are likely to generate new knowledge of direct relevance to the NHS

For more information visit their website here:

The PHR Programme funds research to evaluate non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health.

The scope is multi-disciplinary and broad, providing knowledge on the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impact of a wide range of interventions.

Examples include evaluation of regeneration programmes, walk or cycle to work schemes and school-based healthy eating interventions.

For more information visit their website here:

NIHR Fellowships support outstanding individuals to become the health research leaders of the future by buying out their salary costs, meeting their training and development costs, and by contributing to the research costs needed to complete an identified research project. 

Applications are invited from individuals working in any sector or scientific discipline who propose to undertake people or patient-based clinical and applied health research. 

For more information visit their website here:


Guidance for Wales-based applicants

Health and Care Research Wales takes on the management and funding of successful applicants. Before applying for NIHR Fellowships, Wales-based applicants should contact: healthandcareresearchgrants@gov.wales, providing the following information:

  • The type of Fellowship being applied for
  • NIHR application reference
  • lead applicant name and host institution
  • project title
  • estimated cost and projected length in years / months.

In order for Health and Care Research Wales to consider supporting an application, application forms must include contact details for Health and Care Research Wales as the devolved R&D authority. Please contact us at the above email address for these details. 

Please also note the changes to Excess Treatment Costs and costing processes when applying: Schedule of Events Attribution Tool (SoECAT)

The NIHR Clinician Scientist Award is a post-doctoral research training fellowship of up to 5 years and is not intended as programme or project grant.

This award is designed to provide personal support for the applicant through buying out their salary costs and meeting the cost of a research project or programme that is appropriate as a training vehicle.

For more information visit their website here: 

The CRTF supports clinically active professionals within the UK to undertake a higher research degree.

The scheme can also provide post-doctoral funding for applicants who achieved their PhD more than five years ago but who have not been research active since due to clinical training commitments.

For more information visit their website here:

Health and Care Research Wales’ discrete call for fellowships relevant to precision medicine (within the Ser Cymru II WEFO programme) is now open. Fellowships will be 3 years in length and part funded by the European Commission and the Welsh Government. Applicants are required to contact their potential host institution (who will be providing the rest of the match funding) to discuss their proposed project before submitting an application. Collaboration with a relevant commercial partner based in Wales is desirable. 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.

For further information, please refer to the following link:


Invention for Innovation (i4i) is a translational funding scheme to advance healthcare technologies and interventions for increased patient benefit in areas of existing or emerging clinical need.

Unfortunately, due to current budget considerations, it is not possible for us to participate in the NIHR i4i Product Development call.

However, this scheme is important to us and we are working to re-open opportunities for Wales-based researchers in future calls. 

For more information visit the i4i website 

Health and Care Research Wales and the Chief Optometric Adviser for Wales have partnered with Fight for Sight to award the Fight for Sight / Welsh Government Project Grant Award to an eligible host institution based within Wales. Projects within any area of eye research are eligible, but we are particularly keen to see applications in the fields of myopia and corneal disease.


The deadline for abstract applications is 11 July 2019. For shortlisted applicants the closing date for full application submissions will be 21 November 2019. The successful applicants of the 2019-2020 grants round will be notified in April 2020.

For more information and to apply please visit the website