Public health researchers can now get funding to acquire baseline data quickly thanks to a NIHR scheme opened last year. In the first of two articles on the scheme, Ashleigh Furlong speaks to Andrew Cook, consultant adviser to the NIHR.
Andrew’s top tips
- Make a case for the urgency of your project, explaining why it could only be funded now, not in six months’ time.
- Spell out how this scheme will help you to progress to a larger project.
- Do not expect to answer any major research questions with this grant; it is intended for the acquisition of baseline data.
- Remember that the scheme covers a broad range of research and could fund anything in the public health research remit.
The Public Health Research Programme Rapid Funding Scheme was launched 2018 after a successful pilot scheme. It is open year-round for bids and has no deadline (even though one is given on the National Institute for Health Research website, for technical reasons).