Themed calls are issued by the NIHR in order to meet an identified health challenge or government priority. These will be promoted in advance whenever possible and clearly advertised on NIHR websites. All research programmes, including NIHR fellowships, will participate in the themed call as far as their remit allows.

Previous NIHR-wide themed calls have focussed on:

  • Applied Health Research in Dementia (2011)
  • Applied Clinical Research on Very Rare Diseases (2012)
  • Applied Health Research in Surgery (2012)
  • Primary Care Interventions (2013)
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (2013)
  • Long-term conditions in children and young people (2014)

More closely defined themed calls may be issued by individual programmes when an area of uncertainty is identified, sometimes arising from a specific event. 


Our latest calls

Multimorbidities in Older People

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) welcomes applications for research into the evaluation of interventions or services delivered for older people with multimorbidity (defined as the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions in one person).

This call is an NIHR initiative in recognition of the need for further research-based evidence to support the delivery of best care to people with multimorbidities and to enable them to maintain their capabilities and quality of life.

Research proposals must be within the remit of one of the seven participating programmes:

  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)
  • Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)
  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
  • Invention for Innovation (i4i)
  • Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)
  • Public Health Research programme (PHR)
  • Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

Please note that the NIHR Fellowships Programme is also participating in this particular call, welcoming applications for research on the evaluation of health care interventions or services delivered in primary care settings. The NIHR Clinician Scientist Scheme will also be participating in the call.

More information on the multimorbidities in older people themed call is now available.  



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