Funding Opportunities

The network will distribute the titles and deadlines of emerging commissioned research calls from major funding bodies.

See below for the latest funding opportunities from the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research Programme


Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke Scientific Research Grants

Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) is pleased to announce that applications have now opened for the 2017/18 round of scientific research grants and for a new PhD studentship.

Our Scientific Research Budget for this year is £550,000 with the following allocations:

  1. £400,000 for Research Grants
  2. £150,000 for a new PhD Studentship

Further details of these projects can be found on our website To download an Application Form, Guidance Notes and other information, please visit or contact Sinéad Reid, Interim Research and Impact Manager by email: or by phone: (028) 9026 6712.

The closing date for both applications is Friday 5th May 2017.

Public Health Research Programme - Commissioned call

The Public Health Research Programme are accepting applications to their commissioned workstream for the following topics:

  • Healthy diet in early years 
  • Interventions in community organisations
  • Migrant health and wellbeing
  • Age-friendly environments

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 25 April 2017.

For more information and to apply, please visit


Public Health Intervention Development Scheme (PHIND)

The MRC Public Health Intervention Development scheme (PHIND) supports the early stages of development of interventions that address an important UK or global public health issue. Studies funded by the scheme will develop the necessary evidence to underpin the later development and evaluation of novel public health interventions.

The MRC PHIND scheme complements funding available from NIHR, MRC Global Health and other sources for subsequent stages of public health intervention development and evaluation. 

For more information follow the link:


HSC R&D Division EU Planning Grants

EU Project Planning Grants are available from HSC R&D Division to support research teams in their acquisition of EU funding. The applicant should be a researcher employed in an HSC or voluntary sector organisation with a suitable track record, and be a member of a project team who is involved in preparing or leading an EU funding bid.

Find further information here or contact Dr Julie McCarroll 


HSC R&D Division Enabling Research Awards

Funding is available to support researchers in their acquisition of funding through National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Evaluation, Trials and Studies (NETS) research programmes.

The aim of this investment is to increase the rate and number of successful applications from Northern Ireland-based lead researchers to NETS research programmes.

The scheme is open to experienced Northern Ireland-based investigators working in research relevant to health or social care. Applicants must be employed within health or social care services, voluntary/not-for-profit organisations providing health or social care, or within a higher education institution in Northern Ireland.

Application form and guidance notes


HSC R&D Division Research Workshops/Conference Support Scheme

The scheme is intended to support the running and organising of research workshops/conferences promoting evidence based practice and research dissemination relevant to HSC. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the benefit that the event will have for HSC and demonstrate clearly the research context of the event.

More information

NIHR funding alert

The following new funding opportunities are available:

Public Health Research Programme
17/01 Interventions to prevent/address abusive relationships in children and young people
17/02 Health and wellbeing for older employees in the workplace
17/03 Better oral health
17/04 Public mental health

DH Policy Research Programme
1 - Effect of vaccination on the acquisition of carriage of Meningococcal B in adolescents
2 - Effectiveness and Value for Money of Prescribed Specialised Services Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) interventions 2016/17 to 2018/19

For more information and a list of all current funding opportunities, please visit the NIHR website.

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