The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a new funding competition to allocate up to £56 million of funding over five years to public health research.
The competition will award funding to 14 NIHR Health Protection Research Units (HPRUs) - partnerships between academic institutions and Public Health England (PHE). These new units will act as centres of excellence in multidisciplinary health protection research in England.
The new HPRU scheme, which will run for a five-year period from April 2020, aims to support high quality research evidence for public health policy and practice, and enable translation of advances in health protection research into benefits for patients and the public.
The units will also provide a flexible staff capacity in the event of a major health protection incident and retain a level of responsive research capacity to address emerging health protection requirements.
The project is also expected to increase capacity and capability to conduct high quality multidisciplinary health protection research in England. Increased funding is being made available to facilitate collaboration between units.
In April 2014, the NIHR awarded £47.5 million to 13 HPRUs at eight UK universities. This year’s funding will include one additional unit.
All universities in England are eligible to apply but applicants will need to have “a substantial portfolio of world-class health protection research in the relevant priority area”, according to the NIHR.
Information on the application process is available here. The closing date for submission of a stage 1 application is 11 April 2019 at 13:00.