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 Please note that the DH site has been archived and new content will be made available on this site in the future.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
New Improving Quality of Care: A Strategic Research Initiative on Policy Responses to the Francis Inquiry

The Department of Health (DH) wishes to commission a strategic initiative of research, initially comprising six individual research projects. These will evaluate the Government’s response to Robert Francis’s Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (the ‘Francis Report’) and help to inform future policy in this area.

Please note that applicants should make it clear on their application form which part(s) of the specification document they are responding to.

Read Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm 18 November 2014
  • Notification of outcome: Late March 2015
How to apply
New Understanding the Nature and Frequency of Avoidable Harm In Primary Care

The Department of Health invites the submission of full applications to determine, in quantitative terms, the nature and frequency of avoidable harm in primary care in England.

Read Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm 18 November 2014
  • Notification of outcome: Late March 2015
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

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.