News and Funding Opportunities NIHR Central Commissioning Facility

News and Funding Opportunities

Welcome to the February 2015 edition of the Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) monthly e-newsletter.

Keeping you updated with the latest news, events, communications and call date reminders from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

New benefits advice service for public involvement

This new confidential service, from the NIHR in partnership with others, offers personal advice and support on how payment of fees and expenses for public involvement might affect people in receipt of state benefits. It is suitable for members of the public involved with NIHR organisations, or NIHR funded research projects, and staff within NIHR organisations who are supporting members of the public to get involved. Further information.

Newly funded projects Highlights from CCF:

Development of a new platform for monitoring vision function in glaucoma

A new Invention for Innovation (i4i) funded project to develop a new machine and software platform that can be used to monitor glaucoma more efficiently and improve patients’ experience. Find out more about this project, and others funded under i4i.

Apply for NIHR i4i funding.

Achieving quality and effectiveness in dementia using crisis teams
A five-year Programme Grant to work with family carers, people with dementia and staff to develop a model of best practice for dementia crisis teams. Find out more about this project, and others funded under Programme Grants for Applied Research.

Apply for NIHR Programme Grant funding.

Sustained exercise training for men with prostate cancer on androgen deprivation
Preparatory work for a full Programme Grant – testing an enhanced exercise intervention that could provide benefits for up to 12 months. Funded by a Programme Development Grant (PDG). Find out more about this project, and others funded under PDG.

Apply for NIHR PDG funding.

Reducing re-excision procedures after conservation surgery for breast cancer
Research for Patient Benefit funded study to determine whether the ‘MarginProbe’ device reduces the need for second surgical procedures for breast cancer. Find out more about this project, and others funded under RfPB.

Apply for NIHR RfPB funding.

New website to ‘match make’ patients and medical researchers
The NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and Biomedical Research Unit have launched a new Patient and Public Involvement website: www.patientsactiveinresearch.org.uk to ‘match make’ patients, carers and other members of the public who are interested in medical research with researchers working in hospitals and universities across the Thames Valley. Read more.

Funding opportunities

CCF-managed NIHR programmes

Invention for Innovation
i4i Product Development Awards and Challenge Awards opening soon.
Applications for the NIHR Multimorbidities themed call opens on 25 February 2015.

Programme Grants for Applied Research
Competition 18 NOW OPEN
Closing date: 1pm on 3 March 2015

Competition 19 opens on 2 June 2015.
Applications for the NIHR Multimorbidities themed call opens on 25 February 2015.

Programme Development Grants
Competition 13 NOW OPEN
Closing date: 1pm on 10 March 2015

Competition 14 opens on 9 June 2015.
Applications for the NIHR Multimorbidities themed call opens on 9 June 2015.

Research for Patient Benefit
Competition 27 opens on 25 February 2015.
Applications for the NIHR Multimorbidities themed call opens on 25 February 2015.

The NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre’s (NETSCC’s) calls and competition open dates and deadlines can be viewed on their website.

The NIHR Career Development Opportunities page provides information on NIHR funding for research training.

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