NIHR Policy research programme – health inequalities research initiative extended deadline


*** The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 8 October 2019 has been extended to 14 January 2020. All other call details remain unchanged. ***

The National Institute for Health Research, through its policy research programme, invites proposals for its health inequalities research initiative call. This supports health inequalities research to support policy makers in the Department of Health and Social Care. Research is sought in the following areas:

  • assessing how to improve existing population-wide policies aimed at improving health outcomes so they also reduce health inequalities or do not exacerbate inequalities;
  • identifying which existing health system interventions that are specifically designed to reduce socio-economic health inequalities are effective and cost-effective;
  • assessing the effectiveness in reducing health inequalities of whole system approaches to improving the health of deprived communities;
  • identifying opportunities and risks presented by advancements in digital technology, and practical measures to ensure such technology does not exacerbate socio-economic health inequalities.

There is an overarching interest in understanding how to maximise the effectiveness of existing policies so that they can improve the health of the poorest fastest, as well as understanding the reasons why some local areas do well, and some less well, on health inequality measures. Projects may draw on a range of methodologies, which may include documentary analysis, evidence reviews, secondary analysis of quantitative and qualitative data and primary data collection such as qualitative research with stakeholders and users.

Applicants are encouraged to submit multidisciplinary applications. Researchers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may apply provided they address the priority areas in a way that is relevant to the needs of the Department of Health and Social Care in England and meet all other selection criteria.

Up to ten projects, worth between £250,000 and £750,000 each for up to three years, are expected to be funded, although lower cost projects are also encouraged.

Closing date 14 Jan 20

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