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My winning proposal: Quick thinking scoops NIHR grant

Benjamin Barratt used tight timelines to his advantage to win one of the first grants from the NIHR’s rapid funding scheme for public health. Ashleigh Furlong hears how, in the second of two articles on the scheme.

Benjamin’s top tips

  • If you can say that it is ‘now or never’ for your research idea, it indicates that this scheme is right for you.
  • The application is much like a miniature version of a full grant proposal, so it can give early-career researchers experience in grant writing.
  • Line up staff to work on the project before hearing whether the bid is successful, as otherwise there might not be time to put people in place.

The Public Health Research Programme Rapid Funding Scheme supports public health projects that last up to six months and need funding urgently. Launched in 2018, the scheme is open year-round. Researchers should contact the National Institute for Health Research secretariat directly if they want to apply.

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