The National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaborative Open Funding Competition 2020 is now open

To achieve 'better, fairer health and care at all ages and in all places’, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaborative (ARC) in the North East & North Cumbria is currently inviting original, high quality research proposals focused on regional health and care priorities.

This is an opportunity to benefit from robust research to test interventions and obtain evidence to demonstrate effectiveness.

Applications are welcome from collaborations including individuals working in universities, the NHS and social care providers, local authorities, charities, voluntary sector organisations and businesses. All proposals must include university representatives from a relevant ARC theme and a representative from another organisation category, but any partner can lead the application. Links to university representatives can be provided via the ARC team. A maximum of £100,000 over two years will be available to support the research .

Research proposals must be aligned to at least one of the ARC priority themes and have the support of the relevant theme leads:

- Multi-morbidity, ageing and frailty

- Supporting children and families

- Prevention, early intervention and behaviour change integrating physical, mental health and social care

- Inequalities and marginalised communities

- Assistive technologies and data linkage

- Evaluating change with pace and scale

- Knowledge mobilisation and implementation science.

Interested applicants must register their interest to receive the application documents, including a potential title, the names of the collaborating organisations, and a theme affiliation. If not connected to a relevant theme, then before registering your interest, please apply for membership.

If necessary, the NIHR Research Design Service North East & North Cumbria will advise applicants intending to use the award output to support an application to one of the main NIHR funding streams.

The closing date for registrations is 12noon on March 13th, while the closing date for complete submissions is 12noon on April 8th. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission in late July/early August, with projects aiming to start between October 1st and December 31st 2020. All projects will be expected to provide updates and a publicly available final report.

Proposals submitted without prior registration will not be processed.