Seed corn funding call: Development of research projects with #NCSEMSheffield. @NHSSheffieldCCF @SHCFundraising

Seed corn funding for development of research projects linked to the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM): a joint initiative with  NIHR CLAHRC YH and Sheffield CCG

This call is funded by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NIHR Collaboration and Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire & Humber (NIHR CLAHRC YH) to support the development of projects, and collaborative work linked to the NCSEM in Sheffield.

Funding will be made available, to a total of £20,000, for 2-3 projects. Individual projects should not exceed £10,000. Match funding (additional time/contributions from universities or NHS trusts above the funds from this seed corn funding envelope) will be reviewed favourably.

This research capacity opportunity is funded through the Sheffield CCG research capability fund (RCF) and match funds into NIHR CLAHRC YH from the Sheffield Hospital Charity.  The NCSEM are able to offer ‘match in kind’ in terms of use of facilities for pilot projects.

The aim of the seed corn funding is to develop projects, pilot work, and subsequent grant applications, for NIHR funding programmes, but with particular reference to Research for Patient Benefit programme (RfPB). The RfPB programme requires that the research it funds has an impact on patients/ members of the public within 3-5 years.

A prerequisite for successful applications for these seed corn funds is an explicit agreement that Sheffield CCG would be the sponsor of any successful project, and that the projects would be considered part of the NIHR CLAHRC wider programme of work. The projects must have a physical activity component and be linked to one of the 5 research themes of the NCSEM (see section 1.2 in appendix 1.0).

Projects and collaborative activity will be welcomed that:

  • include the use of NCSEM facilities and involve interventions that can have an impact on the people of Sheffield
  • include collaborations and participation from primary care practitioners, and practitioners working in the community
  • incorporate the views of service users
  • focus on management/self-management of long terms conditions through physical activity. This includes both physical and mental health conditions
  • consider the priorities and commissioning intentions of the CCG–2015-16.htm
  • support collaborations between practice, SHU and the University of Sheffield
  • provide value for money though match funding of cash or in-kind

The application process

  • a 2-3 page summary of the project and how it addresses the points above (see the attached template)
  • a clear description of the process and outputs with timelines
  • a breakdown of costs. A proportion of the funding should support staff costs/ people’s time to develop a future application for funding to RfPB. Funds should be used within a 6 month period.

Applications to be submitted to Dr Michelle Horspool, Research Development Manager, Sheffield CCG by Tuesday 1st March 2016

The submissions will be reviewed by a panel including the CCG, CLAHRC and the NCSEM on Wednesday 9th March 2016.

For further information please contact;

Sheffield CCG: Michelle Horspool. Research Development Manager. Tel: 0114 226 4305

CLAHRC: Jo Cooke, Deputy Director . Tel: 0114 226 5528


Steve Haake, Director of Research NCSEM Sheffield, Tel. 0114 225 2429


Robert Copeland, NCSEM Sheffield project manager, Tel. 0114 2255635

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