Health Foundation programme

The Health Foundation has recently launched a new research funding programme, Efficiency Research Programme.

The Health Foundation’s Efficiency Research Programme is an open call for innovative research ideas on system efficiency and value for money in health and social care.

Researchers are invited to submit ideas on innovative approaches that support transformational change needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of health and social care in the UK.

Funding is available for two or three experienced research teams to explore ways that health, or health and social care services can address the challenge of increasing efficiency and value for money, and providing more for less.

Each project will receive between £250,000 and £500,000 for research completed over three to five years.

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The closing date for applications is 12 noon, Monday 20 October 2014.

NIHR Fellowship Event

A joint event is to be run on the 1st September for potential applicants to the NIHR Fellowship Scheme.

This event, facilitated by the Population Science Theme, Department of Health Sciences and RDS East Midlands, will offer advice and support to potential applicants, focusing particularly on the January round of the NIHR fellowship scheme.

Speakers will include:

  • Dawn Biram from the NIHR will make a presentation about the fellowship scheme
  • Jackie Campbell will be highlighting what the interview panel is looking for
  • Previous applicants will give an insight into their experiences
  • RDS EM will outline the free advice and support available to applicants wishing to develop a bid

Time: 10am-12pm, 1st September 2014
Venue: G20, 22-28 Princess Road West, University of Leicester

Round 8 of the NIHR Fellowship Programme opens in October/November, with a deadline in January 2015.

Applications are invited from individuals working in any sector or scientific discipline who propose to undertake people or patient-based clinical and applied health research at an institution based in England.

Five levels of fellowship are available:

  • doctoral
  • post-doctoral
  • career development
  • senior
  • translational research

Information will also be made available on other fellowships offered by the NIHR, which have deadlines throughout the year.

To book a place at this event or find out more please contact RDS East Midlands at RDS EM

£1.5 Million for Innovative Improvements to Health Care Delivery

The health foundation - Inspiring improvementThe Health Foundation has launched a £1.5 million Innovating for Improvement fund to help 20 teams test and develop innovative ideas and approaches to improve health care delivery in the UK.

The health Foundation are looking for projects that aim to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care through the redesign of processes, practices and services.

The programme is looking to support clinical teams to develop their innovative ideas and approaches, put them into practice and gather evidence about how their innovation improves quality.

The aims of this programme are to:

  • Encourage health care services to develop innovative approaches and ideas to improve health care quality.
  • Build a portfolio of well-described, real-life examples readily available to other health care organisations.
  • Contribute to the evidence base of what can be done to improve quality.
  • Generate solutions for further testing and demonstration at scale in health care.

Each team will receive up to £75,000 of funding to support the implementation and evaluation of the project. The funding for each project within this programme will run for up to 15 months, including a recommended three month set-up phase beginning in May 2015.

Applications are welcome from any health or health and social care provider organisation in the UK where health care services are delivered free at the point of delivery, and educational bodies are eligible to take part as a partner organisation.

For further information please visit the Health Foundation website.

There is a two stage application process for this programme (see How to apply) and the deadline for the first stage of applications is 12 noon, Tuesday 5 August 2014, with full applications due on 24 November 2014. 

Please note that the Health Foundation reserve the right to close ahead of this deadline date if the programme is oversubscribed.

First Call Now Open for New EU Health for Growth Programme

H2020The general objectives of the European Union’s 2014-2020 Health Programme are to:
– Promote health, prevent diseases and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles taking into account the ‘health in all policies’ principle.
– Protect EU citizens from serious cross-border health threats.
– Contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems.
– Facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for Union citizens.

The 2014 Call for Project Grants has a budget of €12.3 million and focuses on the following seven topics:
1. PJ-01-2014 Innovation to prevent and manage chronic diseases – budget of €2.5 million
2. PJ-02-2014 Early diagnosis and screening of chronic diseases – budget of €1.5 million
3. PJ-03-2014 Professional reintegration of people with chronic disease – budget of €1 million
4. PJ-04-2014 Adherence, frailty, integrated care and multi-chronic conditions – budget of €3 million
5. PJ-05-2014 Statistical data for medicinal product pricing – budget of €300,000
6. PJ-06-2014 Health monitoring and reporting system – budget of €3.5 million
7. PJ-07-2014 Healthcare associated infection in long-term care – budget of €500,000

The 2014 Call for Operating Grants has a budget of €4.65 million. Grants will be awarded to non-governmental bodies, including networks, working at the EU level in any priority covered by the Third Health Programme. However, special attention will be given to NGOs/networks working at the EU level in the fields of chronic diseases, cancer, HIV/AIDS, rare diseases and smoking prevention.

The deadline for applications for Operating Grants and Project Grants is 25 September 2014.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)

New Deadline iCalendar for Horizon 2020

A new iCalendar has been produced by the European Commission, providing up-to-date information on Horizon 2020 deadlines for the next two years.

The iCalendar, which can be accessed through the Participant Portal will be kept up-to-date centrally by the EC and can also be downloaded to be used with Microsoft Outlook.

To access the iCalendar, you simply need to click on the calendar icons located next to ‘Calls’ and ‘Call Updates’ on the left hand side of the Participant Portal’s ‘Funding Opportunities’ page.

Source: UKRO