Public Health Research Programme
About the Programme
The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme funds research to evaluate non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. The scope of the PHR Programme is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a wide range of interventions that improve public health and will fund both primary research and evidence synthesis.
Our research serves a variety of key stakeholders including: decision-makers in local government; primary care organisations and other local public services; third sector organisations; relevant national agencies (e.g. NICE) concerned with improving public health and reducing health inequalities; researchers, public health practitioners and the public.
The PHR Programme funds research that evaluates public health interventions, specifically to provide new knowledge on the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. Examples include examining whether regeneration programmes improve public health and reduce health inequalities; evaluating employer schemes to encourage walking or cycling to work; and assessing health promotion interventions.
The PHR Programme will support:
- research proposals that aim to evaluate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of non-NHS public health interventions intending to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health
- proposals from researchers based across the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)
- research proposals from a multidisciplinary team
- any methodology as long as it is appropriate, proportionate and likely to answer the research questions – which must be evaluating a non-NHS public health intervention
- both primary research and evidence synthesis; precise methods will need to be appropriate to the question being asked and the feasibility of the research.
- trials, pilot and feasibility studies. In the case of a trial, adequate preparatory work must be completed in order to justify need and feasibility.
The PHR Programme will not support:
- research for which there is not a strong and well demonstrated case for importance to public health
- intervention and other non-research costs
- the testing of new health technologies or diagnostic techniques – these may fall within the remit of the HTA Programme
- proposals which are solely or mainly surveys, audits or needs assessments
- PhD studentships.
AMR Themed Call
The PHR Programme would be pleased to consider applications looking at the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of public health measures outside of healthcare settings to prevent the occurrence and transmission of antimicrobial resistance.
- Application processes flow diagram ((pdf, 135.33 KB))
- Outline proposal guidance notes
- Tips for success in applying to the NIHR PHR Programme ((pdf, 93.45 KB)) available to download. For information our *full proposal guidance notes ((pdf, 366.69 KB)) are also available to download. *Please note these notes are an example of the guidelines given to shortlisted applications at outline stage, and may not be the most up-to-date version.
- The PHR Programme application checklist
- Download the PHR Programme funding leaflet ((pdf, 162.42 KB))
- More resources for authors can be found on the NIHR Journals Library Information for authors pages.