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 October 2015

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 Radiation Protection Research Initiative

The Department of Health invites the submission of applications for research to provide further evidence to inform the system of radiation protection applied at national and international level for ionising radiation, which is based on existing scientific knowledge and models derived from it. This call follows on from an earlier call in 2011.

Research Specification Document

  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 18 December 2015
  • 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 eight 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 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

Telephone: 020 8843 8000
PRP helpline: 020 8843 8027
Fax: 020 8843 8001

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