From autumn 2023, health and social care researchers in the devolved administrations will have increased access to health and social care research funding via the National Institute for Health and Care Research
The move has been agreed following consultation with the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office, Health and Care Research Wales and Health and Social Care Research & Development in Northern Ireland.
The announcement expands the list of NIHR research programmes that are available to researchers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The move will boost cross-UK research and help increase access to research for people in the three devolved administrations.
Commenting on the announcement, Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Chief Scientist (Health) for Scotland said “The Chief Scientist Office welcomes the increased access to the NIHR Research Funding Programmes for researchers based in Scotland. I am confident that these programmes will see many high quality applications from Scotland going forward.”
A new partnership funding arrangement has been agreed that will provide greater access to NIHR research programmes, with the door open to further cross-UK working on funded research in future.
Researchers and in some cases SMEs will be able to access the following NIHR research programmes from autumn 2023
- Evidence Synthesis
- Invention for Innovation (i4i)
- Research for Social Care (RfSC)
- Programme Grants for Applied Research programme (PGfAR)
- Programme Development Grants
The Chief Scientist Office will be working with the health research community in Scotland over the coming months to ensure awareness of these opportunities and to maximise the number of high quality applications from Scotland to these funding programmes going forward.