PRP Research

NOTE: The Policy Research Programme has been incorporated into the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Any new information about the Programme or new calls will be advertised on the NIHR website.

The PRP funds research in three main ways:

  1. Long term programmes of research in academic Policy Research Units(PRUs), designed to meet the longer-term research needs of the DH as well as to provide a rapid response function. Currently PRUs are funded in the following areas:

2.  Large-scale initiatives comprising linked groups of studies, providing a range of empirical evidence on a key policy area or issue such as:

  • Long term Neurological Conditions (LTNC)
  • Preventing Abuse and Neglect in Institutional Care of Older Adults (PANICOA)
  • Learning Disability Research Initiative (LDRI)
  • Modernisation of Adult Social Care Research Initiative
  • Social Care Workforce Research Initative

3. Single projects and literature or scoping reviews 

The PRP also contributes to cross government issues and the funding of initiative by multiple funders including the Research Councils and other Government Departments. PRP research is usually commissioned by open competitive tender, and always within the requirements of the DH Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care (2005). The PRP does not undertake in-house research.