Research for Social Care - Competition 4

Open

  • The NIHR Research for Social Care (RfSC) call is inviting research proposals that will generate evidence to improve, expand and strengthen the way adult social care is delivered for users of care services, carers, and the public.

    RfSC research is expected to have a high degree of involvement from relevant users of social care and social care practitioners throughout the research.

    This call has an autism highlight notice specifically inviting proposals for collaborative research projects to better support autistic people who access social care.

    Applicants considering submitting a Stage 1 application should consider submitting an outline of their proposal for guidance before official submission. This can be done using the pre-submission form. This is non-mandatory and purely aimed at helping potential applicants to engage with the requirements of the call (e.g. eligibility and remit). For other questions, contact rfsc@nihr.ac.uk

    The submission deadline for applications is 1pm on 19 January 2022.

    **Applications for this call are through the NIHR**

ABOUT THIS FUNDING

The NIHR Research for Social Care (RfSC) call is an annual competition specifically for social care proposals, run by NIHR’s Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme.

The aim of the annual RfSC call is to fund topics and research methodologies that increase the effectiveness of social care services, provide value for money and benefit service users and carers.

REQUIREMENTS / ELIGIBILITY

RfSC welcomes high quality proposals from researchers and practitioners that are focused on:

  • Social care needs and relevant outcomes (which could be quality of life, social or health care related, as appropriate to the study, population etc.)
  • Developing a more robust evidence base for current ways of working
  • Developing and evaluating new ways of delivering social care
  • Secondary data analysis, record linkage and reviews
  • Research methods development
  • Care users’ and carers’ circumstances and needs
  • Those who deliver social care including unpaid carers and the staff and professionals involved in the delivery of social care e.g. social workers.

This call has an autism highlight notice specifically inviting proposals for collaborative research projects to better support autistic people who access social care.

APPLICATION PROCESS

NIHR RfSC has a two stage application process. Please see the applicant guidance for stage 1 to find out more.

Applicants considering submitting a stage 1 application should consider submitting an outline of their proposal for guidance before official submission. This can be done using the pre-submission form. This is non-mandatory and purely aimed at helping potential applicants to engage with the requirements of the call (e.g. eligibility and remit).

Research proposals are submitted to RfSC online through the Research Management System. We supply a Word document version of the online application form (.DOCX – Word) to help researchers prepare their proposal ahead of submission.

More information on stage 2 is available in the applicant guidance for stage 2 and finance guidance.