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Introduction to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

15th November 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Target Audience/ Level of experience 

Colleagues in all faculties, including academics at any stage in their career, research staff, research students, research support staff


The NIHR is the R&D arm of the NHS and much of the linked social care world. Its vision is “to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research”. This workshop will provide an overview of the organisation and introduce participants to the main funding streams. It will include a session on “top tips” for making an NIHR application drawing on the facilitator’s knowledge, gained from many years in a senior role in NIHR funding programmes, and the experience of one or two successful applicants.

There will be space at the end of the workshop for individual “surgeries”, in which researchers can explore early ideas for potential NIHR applications in one-to-one or small group sessions.

NB: the NIHR covers a very broad field, encompassing anything that has the potential to contribute to the health, wellbeing and social care of individuals or the general public. Its many funding streams contain opportunities for researchers from a wide range of academic disciplines, not just those traditionally associated with clinical or health services. It spans all kinds of applied research, from multi-million pound trials to individual fellowships.

 Learning Objectives

  • To understand how the NIHR is structured and its place in the research landscape
  • To understand the various NIHR funding streams in order to be able to focus applications on the right programmes
  • To explore current funding opportunities, including recurring themes based on national priority areas
  • To gain insight into the NIHR application process for both open and commissioned research calls, including tips for success
  • To explore initial ideas for NIHR applications

 About the facilitator

Phil Taverner, Research Manager supporting major bids, based in RAS. Before retiring in 2015, Phil worked for eight years as Assistant Director in the NIHR, with particular responsibility for public health and themed calls spanning all NIHR funding programmes.

Each session will be co-led by an OU academic who is an NIHR grant holder.


 To register, please go to Events and click on Sign-Up to enrol using the link https://thelearningcentre.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=3897

If you have any queries regarding the course, please contact research-workshops@open.ac.uk



15th November 2018
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


The Open University, Walton Hall
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA United Kingdom
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01908 659338