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).

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 Please note that the DH site has been archived and new content will be made available on this site in the future.

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 Evidence review facility to support national policy development and evaluation

The Department of Health (DH) Policy Research Programme (PRP) wishes to fund a facility to undertake evidence reviews to respond to the needs of national policy makers in England.

As a first stage, DH invites expressions of interest from teams with expertise in searching for literature, undertaking scoping and full systematic reviews, including qualitative and mixed methods reviews. At a second stage, teams with the required capability who have expressed an interest will be invited to respond to a more detailed specification.

For further details please click here.

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of expression of interest: 1pm on 19 September 2014
  • Deadline for full application (if invited): 1pm on 4 November 2014
New Fast response research and analytical facility to support policy development and evaluation in England

The Department of Health (DH) Policy Research Programme (PRP) wishes to fund a facility to conduct fast, responsive research and analytical work to inform all stages of national policy development, implementation and evaluation in health and social care.

As a first stage, DH invites expressions of interest from teams with expertise of applying a wide range of research methods and analytical techniques in a national policy context. At a second stage, teams with the required capability who have expressed an interest will be invited to respond to a more detailed specification.

For further details please click here.

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of expression of interest: 1pm on 19 September 2014
  • Deadline for full application (if invited): 1pm on 4 November 2014
Closed calls

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

How to apply

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.

The guidance document on completing a PRP application form includes advice on how to navigate the PRP CCF research management system and upload documents. It is essential that this is read carefully. .

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

PRP is committed to Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).

PRP publishes details of commissioned projects and summary final reports received since April 2011.

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.