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 applications in the following areas:

New Supporting a Culture of Openness in the NHS – A Policy Evaluation

The Department of Health invites outline proposals for a single research project on supporting a culture of openness in the NHS, on creating a culture of prioritising care, improving openness, detecting poor care and ensuring clear accountability. We want research that can contribute to an understanding as to whether and how the culture of the NHS has become more open and transparent as a result of the Government’s response to the Francis recommendations, and whether this has affected the quality of care.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 1 March 2016
  • Notification of outcome: June 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 Creating Dementia Friendly Communities – A Policy Evaluation

The Department of Health invites outline proposals for a single research project to inform decisions about the future policy direction for dementia friendly communities, following the implementation of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020. The key policy questions the research will need to answer concern the factors which make a community dementia friendly and the different types of benefits of dementia friendly communities.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 1 March 2016
  • Notification of outcome: June 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.

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

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