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Health services research

Maximum duration: up to 36 months
Maximum costs: £300,000
Deadline: 16 March 2016
Contact: Gil Shalom at 

What do health services research awards provide?

This health services research call is funded as a joint working programme between the charity and Pfizer Ltd, in partnership with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Chief Scientist’s Office of the Scottish Government and NHS England. It will support research that produces evidence on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and care services relevant to people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. The focus of this initiative is on research that covers four themes – health and care service improvement, health promotion/prevention, health economic evaluation, and health intelligence and data linkage.

Who can apply for health services research awards?

At least one of the applicants must have a tenured position within a UK university, hospitals or recognised academic research institutions. The lead applicant and co-applicants may apply for their own salary as long as they don't already hold a tenured position and at least one of the co-applicants has a tenured or permanent position. There are additional eligibility criteria that partners will have.

What can you apply for?

Applications are expected to be in the region of £50,000 to £300,000


  • Research staff and technical salaries (set by host institution) should be according to age and experience on the appropriate scientific or clinical salary scale.
  • A maximum spine point 43 on the national scale is allowed for postdoctoral research staff employed on project grants and special justification will be required for funding senior postdoctoral research staff above point 37.
  • London weighting allowance will be payable at the rate appropriate to each host institution.
  • Inflationary salary increases for funding future years must be included in the application, in line with the most recent pay award agreed by the host institution (typically not greater than 2% a year).


  • Running costs and small items of essential equipment may be requested up to a maximum cost £30,000. Any single item costing £5,000 or over must include a written estimate.
  • We do not provide funds for personal computers/laptops unless essential to the project and justified accordingly.
  • In line with other UK medical charities we don't provide funds for directly allocated or indirect research costs, such as administrative costs or overheads.
  • In accordance with our conditions for the award of a grant, the host institution must maintain the equipment during its useful lifetime so that it's capable of operating for its intended purpose.


If relevant, costs must be attributed as Research, Support or Treatment according to the English Department of Health AcoRD guidelines.

How health services research awards are awarded

Applications will be subject to a triage assessment to determine which will progress to full peer review. The triage assessment will be based on scientific quality, and strategic relevance and remit. Applications progressing to peer review may also be reviewed by service managers, commissioners, non-research-active clinicians and policymakers. Applications will be assessed by an independent expert panel.

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