Funding Opportunities

A collation of funding opportunities relating to primary and emergency care research are listed below.

The Health and Care Research Wales website also includes a comprehensive list of funding opportunities at:

Health and Care Research Wales Faculty Research Training Awards open

The Health and Care Research Wales Faculty is pleased to announce the next round of the Research Training Awards is open.

This scheme provides funding (tuition fees and partial salary support) to undertake a Masters in Research degree or equivalent Masters level research training award in applied health and or social care research starting in the 2024 academic year.

The opportunity is open to staff based in NHS Wales, local authority adult or children's social care services, or independent health and social care provision such as primary care, community pharmacy, adult or children’s residential care, or domiciliary care.

The award is aimed at those in the early stages of their research career (not necessarily early clinical or practice career stage) to support them to develop applied research skills and take the first steps on their research journey in health and social care.

Applicants should have a clear interest in developing their research skills and should aspire to develop their research career further following this course.


Application window opens: 1 March 2024
Closes: 16:00 - Thursday 4 April 2024
Read more information about the Research Training Award and apply.

Research Training Award surgeries

If you have any questions about the Research Training Award ask the team at one of the surgeries:
Monday, 11 March 12:00 - 13:00
Tuesday, 19 March 14:00 - 15:00

Five new NIHR Funding programmes have opened to Welsh researchers

Health and social care researchers in Wales now have increased access to research funding via the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). 

  • Evidence Synthesis
  • Invention for Innovation (i4i)
  • Research for Social Care (RfSC)
  • Programme Grants for Applied Research programme (PGfAR)
  • Programme Development Grants

For more information please click here.

Integrated Funding Scheme – Call 2 – now open

Health and Care Research Wales is pleased to announce the next call for the Integrated Funding Scheme is now open.

The Integrated Funding Scheme has two researcher-led arms which focus on:

The calls will be assessed via a two-stage application process. Stage 1 applications will need to make the case for the importance and need of the research and outline the methodological approach to address the research question, with assessment focused on whether the case for prioritisation has been made. Following assessment, shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full Stage 2 application which will be peer reviewed and assessed by the Health and Care Research Wales Funding Board for its scientific quality.

Deadline to apply: 13:00 Wednesday 24 April 2024

NIHR funding opportunities

You can find all the links to the funding opportunities below on the Health and Care Research Wales website.

NIHR Fellowship Programme
NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE)
NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award   

NIHR themed callReducing compound pressures on the NHS and social care

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme
23/170 EME Platform studies to efficiently evaluate the efficacy of multiple interventions   23/171 Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme researcher-led   23/172 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (EME Programme)23/173 NIHR NICE rolling call (EME Programme)23/174 Optimising treatment duration with immunomodulators to reduce overtreatment EME Programme)   

Health and Social Care Research (HSDR) Programme23/74 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships Rolling Call
23/89 Series 1: Overcoming ethnicity-based inequities in access and experience of health and care services23/90 Evaluating the organisation, delivery and quality of home care services   23/91 Improving the organisation and quality of health and social care services in rural and coastal areas of the UK
23/131 Evaluation of a pilot for use of obesity medications outside of hospital settings
23/136 Reducing compound pressures on the NHS and social care   
23/137 Palliative and End of Life Care (HSDR Programme)   23/140 New research on skills, training, development and support for the health and social care workforce23/141 HSDR Researcher-led call23/142 HSDR National Evaluation Teams 2023
23/180 Evaluation of an NHS England pilot for use of a multi-cancer early detection blood test

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme
23/152 Clinical prediction models for early-onset neonatal infection
23/153 Janus kinase inhibitors for the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis
23/154 Point of care Doppler ultrasound prior to emergency scrotal exploration
23/155 Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depression in adolescents
23/156 Prophylactic nebulised antibiotics for patients with a permanent tracheostomy or who have undergone a laryngectomy
23/157 Preoperative rehabilitation and early mobilisation for shoulder replacement
23/158 Treatment of steroid-resistant ulcerative colitis with tofacitinib compared with infliximab
23/159 Recovery check-ups following treatment for problem alcohol and drug use
23/160 Management of metabolic morbidity in women and others with PCOS
23/161 Vagus nerve stimulation for drug-resistant epilepsy   
23/162 Therapies for women, children and others who experience domestic abuse
23/163 Rituximab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
23/164 Adjunct corticosteroids for infant (under 3 months old) bacterial meningitis
23/165 What are the social and mental wellbeing benefits of intergenerational practices in care homes and schools?
23/166 L-dopa for neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration? Can it reduce the need for anti-VEGF injections?
23/167 Optimising treatment duration with immunomodulators to reduce overtreatment (HTA Programme)  
23/168 Higher calorie refeeding compared with lower calorie refeeding in malnourished adults with anorexia nervosa
23/169 Metformin to prevent antipsychotic-induced weight gain
24/1 Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led (primary research)   24/2 Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-led (evidence synthesis)   24/3 NIHR NICE Rolling Call (HTA Programme)24/4 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships Rolling Call (HTA Programme)
24/10 Optimal management of perianal Crohn’s disease   
24/11 Nebulised therapy in patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and disabling breathlessness
24/12 Improving outcomes for children and young people in care using interventions that combine mentoring with skills training
24/13 Digital technology enabled interventions in Social Care   
24/14 Facilitated access to mutual aid for adults with problem alcohol and drug use
24/15 Pain management programmes for endometriosis   
24/16 The effectiveness of technologies for people living with deafblindness in social care settings
24/17 Management of chronic plaque psoriasis
24/18 Broad call for studies evaluating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of fundamental nursing interventions
24/19 Endoscopic modalities for detection of Barrett’s oesophagus related neoplasia   

Public Health Research (PHR) Programme
23/143 Application Development Award (ADA): Data mapping as the first step to understanding e-cigarettes better through modelling    23/144 Healthy homes    23/145 Climate change and health    23/146 Interventions to support women in prison or post-release    23/147 Men's mental health    23/148 Lived experience recovery organisations    23/149 Faith-based groups and the impacts on health and health inequalities
23/175 Public Health Programme researcher-led23/176 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (PHR Programme)23/177 NIHR NICE Rolling Call (PHR Programme)23/178 Continuing areas of research interest to the PHR Programme
24/27 Interventions to deliver inclusive economies
24/28 Parenting Interventions
24/29 The health of children and young people in contact with the criminal justice system
24/30 Developer contributions
24/32 Application Development Award (ADA): Digital Health Inclusion and Inequalities   

Policy Research Programme (PRP)    PRP Evaluation of the UK Vaccine Network Project (1.0)

Top tips for winning research funding

PRIME Associate Director, Professor Helen Snooks has produced this helpful reference guide for researchers: 'Top tips for winning research funding' and is available to view in PDF.

Clinical Innovation Hub - Accelerate projects

The Clinical Innovation Hub is a partnership between Cardiff University and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.  The Clinical Innovation Hub is a partner of the Accelerate project, Clinical Innovation Accelerator (CIA). Accelerate is a consortium £24M programme led by the Life Sciences Hub Wales in collaboration with Cardiff University, Swansea University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  

It is funded by the Wales European Funding Office (WEFO) and will utilise EU Structural Funds to identify innovation projects that meet an unmet clinical need.

The awards are open to academia, industry, students and healthcare professionals. Innovations could take the form of new technologies, products, processes or services to deliver economically viable solutions for adoption into routine health and social care delivery, for patient benefit, health economic benefit and to stimulate economic growth with attendant socio-economic benefits in Wales.

Support that Accelerate can offer:

  • Funding for “Pilot” (6-12 months and <£20K) and “Platform” (12-18 months and < £150K) projects
  • Access to future funding opportunities/initiatives
  • Clinical input - Buy out and attract in kind NHS staff R&D time
  • Human resource - Clinical Innovation fellows, project management, business management, cost benefit analytics and  research technologist assistance
  • Collaborations  - Industry/Academic/Clinical partner
  • Advice & Guidance - A Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) of Clinical Innovation experts, including devices and intellectual property experts
  • Access to leading Welsh University, University Health Boards and Trusts - patients, facilities and personnel
  • Funding /deadlines: Support and awards operate on an always open basis with funding anticipated until 2021 so you can apply at any time.  If you would like further information on submitting a proposal or have an innovative idea that you think would benefit from the advice or support for Cardiff University applicants, please contact Barbara Coles:

Further information: 

Royal College of General Practitioners

RCGP support for researchers

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is supporting researchers to implement academic primary care findings into practice for GPs.

The Research programme includes:

  • Scientific Foundation Board grants
  • RCGP Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Fellowship
  • RCGP Research Ready®
  • RCGP Impact from Research
  • Influencing research
  • Research awards

The new Impact from Research programme offers to partner on research projects and support impact and dissemination through a range of activities.
Further information: