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
. Please note that the DH site will soon be 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).
There are currently no active calls. Please check back in the future since new calls are added on a regular basis.
To view previous calls for applications from the Policy Research Programmes, please
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 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.
Confidentiality and disclosure
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 guidance document hosted on the CCF website.
Confidentiality guidance document
Further information about PRP
PRP is committed to Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).
PRP publishes details of
commissioned projects and
summary reports received since April 2011.
PRP standard contract
About the Central Commissioning Facility
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.