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Calling all researchers: £1.6m available

5 April, 2019

The Health Foundations Insight Research Programme which provides funding of £300,000-£400,000 for up to five projects is now open for online applications.

Researchers are invited to submit ideas for research that advance the development and use of data from national clinical audits and patient registries as a mechanism for improving health care quality in the UK.

Priority areas include:

  • Patient focused audits and registries
  • Accelerating the use of linked data to support future challenges and trends in quality and care or to improve the value of health care
  • Demonstrating and enhancing the impact of national clinical audits and registries on practice and policy.

“The rich information held in audits and registries can be used to inform improvements in health care quality. However, there is widespread recognition that national clinical audits and registries could be further developed. They are essential to understanding the quality of care provided, particularly regarding clinical effectiveness, but also other domains of quality,” say the programme’s organisers.

“We want to support four to five projects with funding of £300,000-£400,000 for a maximum duration of four years. We are looking for innovative and ambitious research with the potential to transform the use of audit and registry data to improve quality of care.”

Dr Rachel Harris, SCoR professional education manager and research lead said: “This is an amazing opportunity for researchers to apply for substantial funding and I would urge members to apply at the earliest opportunity. Patient focused research projects have a direct influence on future policy and positively impact the patient care pathway.”

There is a two-stage application process for this programme. Applicants must initially submit an outline proposal application form; these applications will be reviewed and successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. There will be an information call from 3-4pm on Monday 15 April and the closing date for outline proposals is 12pm on 16 May.

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For more information about the application process download.

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