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Opportunity profile: NIHR moves fast on public health

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).

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