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

Current calls

The DH PRP invites applications in the following areas:

New Evaluation of the integrated care and support Pioneers programme in the context of new funding arrangements for integrated care in England

The Department of Health (DH) wishes to commission a longer-term evaluation of new policy approaches to promoting better integrated care and support.

The primary focus of the evaluation will be on the impact of the integrated care and support Pioneers programme, in the context of the Better Care Fund and any subsequent funding arrangements and wider policy innovations designed to promote better integrated care and support.

Read Research Specification Document

  • Deadline for receipt of outline applications: 1pm 12 August 2014
  • Notification of outcome: October 2014
How to apply
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.

Additional information about the Programme is available at Please note that the DH site was archived in November 2013.

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.