The Policy Research Programme

The Policy Research Programme (PRP) is a national research funding programme within the Department of Health’s (DH) Research and Development Directorate.

The PRP commissions high quality, research-based evidence relevant to the full policy remit of the DH. PRP research is commissioned by open competitive tender within the DH Research Governance Framework (2005).

PRP publishes details of commissioned projects and summary final reports received since April 2011. The next update will be in March 2016

PRP calls are managed on behalf of DH by the Central Commissioning Facility (CCF).

Current calls

DH PRP invites expressions of interest in the following areas:

New Policy Research Unit in Obesity
Policy Research Unit in Mental Health

The Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme wishes to commission Policy Research Units in two high priority areas. The purpose of these Units is to meet the longer-term policy research needs of the Department, as well as to secure the capacity for work to be undertaken at short notice and for rapid synthesis of evidence.

The Department, therefore, invites applications to deliver a 5-year programme of high quality research in the following priority areas, each of which will constitute a Policy Research Unit:

  1. Obesity
  2. Mental Health

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 21 June 2016
  • Notification of outcome: 11 August 2016
  • Deadline for receipt of stage 2 applications: 1pm 18 October 2016
  • Notification of stage 2 outcome:16 January 2017

This is a two-stage application process. Researchers with applications shortlisted at stage 1 will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.

How to apply
New A review of self-inflicted deaths in the Criminal Justice System – exploring contributory factors and identifying approaches

The Department of Health invites outline proposals for a single research project to provide evidence for a greater understanding of the rise in self-inflicted deaths across the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and to explore contributory factors and identify potential approaches to reverse this trend.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 13th June 2016
  • Notification of outcome: Mid December 2016

This is a two-stage application process. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their stage 1 application approximately nine weeks after the submission date. Researchers with applications shortlisted at stage 1 will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.

How to apply
New National Evaluation of the New Care Models Programme

The Department of Health invites outline proposals for a single research project to provide an independent national evaluation of NHS England’s New Care Models programme.

Research Specification Document

Area for new reference material added after launch

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 13th June 2016
  • Notification of outcome: Mid December 2016

This is a two-stage application process. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their stage 1 application approximately nine weeks after the submission date. Researchers with applications shortlisted at stage 1 will be invited to submit a stage 2 application

How to apply
New The specificity and sensitivity of medical examiners’ review to identify potentially avoidable deaths due to problems in care

The Department of Health invites outline proposals for a single research project on the specificity and sensitivity of medical examiners’ review to identify potentially avoidable deaths due to problems in care.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 13th June 2016
  • Notification of outcome: Mid December 2016

This is a two-stage application process. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their stage 1 application approximately nine weeks after the submission date. Researchers with applications shortlisted at stage 1 will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.

How to apply
Closed calls

To view previous calls for applications from the Policy Research Programmes, please click here.

All applications need to be submitted on an electronic application form, available through the PRP CCF research management system. This is a secure website which requires a username and password to enter. Applications received by any other means (email, post, etc.) will not be accepted.

Please refer to the relevant guidance document on completing a PRP application form. This includes advice on how to navigate the PRP CCF research management system and upload documents. It is essential that this is read carefully. Please note there is specific guidance for Policy Research Unit applications:

Policy Research Unit application guidance

PRP application guidance

It is advisable to submit applications on the day before the deadline, as uploading the required supporting documents can take time, especially when the site is busy.

Research proposals are considered confidential by the CCF and all reasonable steps are taken to ensure that this confidentiality is not breached. Further information and guidance can be found in the confidentiality and disclosure guidance document hosted on the CCF website.

Further information about PRP

The PRP is committed to and expects the active involvement of patients and the public in the research it supports. PRP recognises that the nature and extent of active patient and public involvement (PPI) is likely to vary depending on the context of each study or award. A definition of patient and public involvement in research, further information and resources are available from INVOLVE

More detailed information about the PRP is currently available at www.prp.dh.gov.uk. Please note that the DH site has been archived and new content will be made available on this site in the future.

Relevant links

Transparency agenda

Governance framework

PRP standard contract

About the Central Commissioning Facility

The CCF acts as the managing agent, providing a public-facing point of contact for queries around all administrative, contractual and financial aspects of the PRP research commissioning process.

Contact details

PRP Central Commissioning Facility
Grange House
15 Church Street
Twickenham
TW1 3NL

Telephone: 020 8843 8000
PRP helpline: 020 8843 8027
Fax: 020 8843 8001
Email:prp@prp-ccf.org.uk

Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm