The Programme Grants will now launch three competitions per year. Stage 1 applications will open in February, June and October and this change will be in effect from Competition 20 which opens on 10 February 2016. The deadline for submission of Stage 1 applications for Competition 20 is 6 April 2016.

The reasons for this change include:

  • reducing the time between calls for applicants
  • reducing the time taken for research to move along the research pathway and deliver meaningful results to patients
  • addressing the NIHR-wide push to cut application and funding timelines, creating a more efficient research system.

Key dates for applicants are given on the NIHR Calls and competitions page including the programme’s participation in NIHR themed research calls.

The change to the funding programme will also apply to Programme Development Grants (PDG) from Competition 16, please see the revised call schedule on the PDG Calls and competitions page for further details.

For the latest call and competition dates from across the NIHR visit the Funding opportunities page.

If you have any queries about these changes please contact the NIHR Programme Grants team.