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Research funding and applying for grants

All research needs to be fully funded and peer-reviewed to ensure the study is worth doing. There are various funding sources; for example the NIHR, local and national charities, and UK research councils. Help and support is available to write NIHR and some other types of grants, but it is essential to ensure you have the right team to carry out the research.

Before starting any research you need to check that you have sufficient funds to cover the work. Reviewers (internal or external) will evaluate the need for the research, its feasibility and methodology, value for money. This will be done externally by the NIHR and larger charities, or internally within UH Bristol if not.

Priorities for supporting grants can be found here (pdf doc)

First steps: idea to application
What do I do next? Here you will find help and support and useful links.
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Local and national funding opportunities
Here you find information about funding from Above and Beyond; Research Capability Funding; NIHR grants; charitable funders.
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Preparing your funding application
This section gives details on what to do; the support available; Research Design Service; Clinical Trials Units and useful links.
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Costing research in the NHS
Find out about costing your study; NHS research, support and treatment costs.
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Involving patients and the public
Find out how to invovle patients and the public in designing and preparing your application.
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What to do once your funding is awarded
Congratulations! Find out about contracts and subcontracts; appointing staff; links to setting up your study.
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