Effect of vaccination on the acquisition of carriage of Meningococcal B in adolescents

The Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme invites outline proposals to evaluate the effect of the Bexsero® vaccine on the acquisition of carriage of meningococcal B in adolescents. The research is required to inform policy and decision making for the national immunisation programme. In particular the research is required to inform the cost-effectiveness of introducing an adolescent vaccination programme against meningococcal B.

Research Specification Document

Timetable

·         Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 21 February 2017

·         Notification of stage 1 outcome: April 2017

·         Deadline for receipt of stage 2 applications: 1pm 23 May 2017

·         Notification of stage 2 outcome: September 2017 


Effectiveness and Value for Money of Prescribed Specialised Services Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) interventions 2016/17 to 2018/19

The Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme invites outline proposals to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of PSS CQUIN schemes. Evidence is required that can inform two sorts of policy decision:

·         how best to operate financial quality incentive schemes such as CQUIN in the context of NHS England commissioning of Specialised Services.

·         should and how should these specific quality innovations being supported by PSS CQUIN schemes, for possible mainstreaming or incorporation into service specifications.


Research Specification Document

Timetable

·         Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 21 February 2017

·         Notification of stage 1 outcome: April 2017

·         Deadline for receipt of stage 2 applications: 1pm 23 May 2017

·         Notification of stage 2 outcome: September 2017 


Second Joint Call for the European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs: Society and Responses to Drug Use

The European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs (ERANID) aims to improve cooperation in drug research in order to make well-founded, evidence-based policy decisions

The Department of Health is part of their second joint call which will fund multidisciplinary transnational research in ‘Society and responses to drug use‘. The call encourages research that will provide a better understanding of society’s responses to drug use, building on and complementing the focus of the first joint call on understanding drug use pathways.  

Other participating countries in this call are Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Scotland and The Netherlands. Only transnational projects of three or more countries will be funded.

Timetable

Deadline for full application to Joint Call Secretariat: 12pm CET 18th October 2016

Please click here for the DH national guidance

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Benefits of General Practices offering patients access to test results

The Department of Health invites proposals for a single research project to inform policy and practice, for patients in general practice having access to results of their medical tests. This is a significant opportunity to inform policy in an area of increasing importance for patients and the NHS.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for full application to Joint Call Secretariat: 1pm 11 October 2016
  • Notification of outcome: Mid May 2017

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.

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vCJD research to inform health protection policy and measures

The Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme invites outline proposals to undertake research to inform understanding of vCJD infection in the following areas:

  • Prevalence of pre-clinical vCJD infection in the UK population, including interpretation of exiting prevalence studies
  • Variations in estimated prevalence and actual cases of vCJD
  • The natural course of vCJD infection, including variations in host/agent interaction
  • Risk management and health protection measures, including the ability of pre-clinical infection to transmit
  • Development a specific and sensitive test which is able to detect pre-clinical levels of infection in blood or non-blood, which can be scaled to process large numbers of samples.
  • Development of decontamination technologies for re-usable medical instruments.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for full application to Joint Call Secretariat: 1pm 11 October 2016
  • Notification of outcome: Mid May 2017

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.

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Vaccine evaluation research

The Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme invites outline proposals to evaluate vaccines for the national vaccination and immunisation programme, to inform policy and decision making including cost effectiveness, safety and schedules.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for full application to Joint Call Secretariat: 1pm 11 October 2016
  • Notification of outcome: Mid May 2017

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.

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Research call on Operational Research for Infectious Disease

The Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme invites proposals to undertake responsive operational research to inform health protection policies by the Department.

The work programme will need to be flexible to follow the priorities of the Department of Health (DH) but would typically cover the following areas:

  • Integrated Personal Commissioning: Road Map for Delivery – NHS England confidential draft document• Strategic aspects of immunisation programmes and their effectiveness and cost effectiveness;
  • Aspects of disease modelling concerned with strategic issues of immunisation;
  • Logistics, communications and supply issues in particular for Immunisation programmes and Emergency Preparedness;
  • Risk assessment and management for Emergency Preparedness planning.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for full application to Joint Call Secretariat: 1pm 11 October 2016
  • Notification of outcome: Mid May 2017

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.

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Policy Research Unit in Obesity
Policy Research Unit in Mental Health

The Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme wishes to commission Policy Research Units in two high priority areas. The purpose of these Units is to meet the longer-term policy research needs of the Department, as well as to secure the capacity for work to be undertaken at short notice and for rapid synthesis of evidence.

The Department, therefore, invites applications to deliver a 5-year programme of high quality research in the following priority areas, each of which will constitute a Policy Research Unit:

  1. Obesity
  2. Mental Health

Research Specification Document

Timetable

  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 21 June 2016
  • Notification of outcome: 11 August 2016
  • Deadline for receipt of stage 2 applications: 1pm 18 October 2016
  • Notification of stage 2 outcome:16 January 2017

This is a two-stage application process. Researchers with applications shortlisted at stage 1 will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.

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A review of self-inflicted deaths in the Criminal Justice System – exploring contributory factors and identifying approaches

The Department of Health invites outline proposals for a single research project to provide evidence for a greater understanding of the rise in self-inflicted deaths across the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and to explore contributory factors and identify potential approaches to reverse this trend.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 13th June 2016
  • Notification of outcome: Mid December 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.


National Evaluation of the New Care Models Programme

The Department of Health invites outline proposals for a single research project to provide an independent national evaluation of NHS England’s New Care Models programme.

Research Specification Document

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Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 13th June 2016
  • Notification of outcome: Mid December 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


The specificity and sensitivity of medical examiners’ review to identify potentially avoidable deaths due to problems in care

The Department of Health invites outline proposals for a single research project on the specificity and sensitivity of medical examiners’ review to identify potentially avoidable deaths due to problems in care.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 13th June 2016
  • Notification of outcome: Mid December 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.

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Evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme

The Department of Health, in partnership with NHS England, invites expressions of interest for a single project to complete a summative evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme for health and care.

Research Specification Document

The following documents are being made available by NHS England specifically to assist potential applicants in submitting expressions of interest in the evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning programme

  • Integrated Personal Commissioning: Road Map for Delivery – NHS England confidential draft document
  • Future evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning programme: Mapping the logic and assessing evaluability – confidential draft report to NHS England by RAND Europe

Please note that these are strictly confidential draft documents which are not yet published. They are being made available by NHS England specifically to support the call for expressions of interest in the evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning programme. While extracts from these documents may be quoted in applications, these documents must not be circulated more widely, nor used for any purpose other than responding to the call for expressions of interest. If you decide to print these documents, please ensure that print copies are destroyed as soon as your application has been submitted. To be given access to the documents please contact the PRP team at prp@prp-ccf.org.uk

Timetable

  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 4 April 2016
  • Notification of outcome: 29 April 2016

This is a two-stage application process. Researchers with applications shortlisted at stage 1 will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.



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.

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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.

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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

Timetable
  • 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.


First Joint Call for the European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs: Understanding Drug Use Pathways

The European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs (ERANID) aims to improve cooperation in drug research in order to make well-founded, evidence-based policy decisions

The Department of Health is part of their first joint call which will fund multidisciplinary transnational research in ‘Understanding drug use pathways’. The call encourages research that will provide a better understanding of the processes underlying the dynamics of drug use pathways and transitions between types of drug use.

Other participating countries in this call are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the Netherlands. Only transnational projects will be funded. Each proposal must involve a minimum of two eligible applicants from institutions in at least two different countries participating in the call.

An information webinar session for researchers intending to or interested in bidding for ERANID funding will take place on Thursday 5th November 12.30-1.30pm. Dial in details will be made available on the day.

Timetable
  • Deadline for full application to Joint Call Secretariat: 2pm CET 24th November 2015

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Evaluating the Care Certificate: A Cross-Sector Solution to Assuring Fundamental Skills in Caring

The Department of Health invites the submission of full applications for a single research project to evaluate the newly introduced Care Certificate. The purpose of this evaluation is to inform the Department of Health and partners’ next steps in developing and assuring the skills of newly appointed workers providing care in the health and adult social care sectors.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm 17 November 2015
  • Notification of outcome: late March 2016

This is a one-stage application process.


Tobacco Control Measures in England: Secondary Analyses to Monitor Trends and Outcomes

The Department of Health invites the submission of applications for research to contribute to the monitoring, evaluation and understanding of distributional effects of current and planned tobacco control in England in the next few years. Outcomes to be assessed could include: overall health, attitudes to smoking, quit attempts and methods, use of smoking cessation services, cessation rates, cigarette consumption, children’s exposure to second hand smoke, etc.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 20 October 2015
  • Notification of outcome: late May 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.


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

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 20 October 2015
  • Notification of outcome: late May 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.


Improving Choices for Care: A Strategic Research Initiative on Implementation of the Care Act 2014

The Department of Health wishes to commission a strategic initiative of research to evaluate and inform implementation of the Care Act 2014. We want research that can help us to know more about how the Act is being implemented locally, and to know how effectively the Act is achieving its underlying aims. We would also like to know what lessons can be derived as to what works in implementation, to help drive up performance, quality and choice nationally.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of stage 1 outline applications: 1pm 20 October 2015
  • Notification of outcome: late May 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.


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.

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Questions and Answers Document

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

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.

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

Evidence review facility to support national policy development and evaluation

The Department of Health (DH) Policy Research Programme (PRP) wishes to fund a facility to undertake evidence reviews to respond to the needs of national policy makers in England.

As a first stage, DH invites expressions of interest from teams with expertise in searching for literature, undertaking scoping and full systematic reviews, including qualitative and mixed methods reviews. At a second stage, teams with the required capability who have expressed an interest will be invited to respond to a more detailed specification.

For further details please click here.

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of expression of interest: 1pm on 19 September 2014
  • Deadline for full application (if invited): 1pm on 4 November 2014

Fast response research and analytical facility to support policy development and evaluation in England

The Department of Health (DH) Policy Research Programme (PRP) wishes to fund a facility to conduct fast, responsive research and analytical work to inform all stages of national policy development, implementation and evaluation in health and social care.

As a first stage, DH invites expressions of interest from teams with expertise of applying a wide range of research methods and analytical techniques in a national policy context. At a second stage, teams with the required capability who have expressed an interest will be invited to respond to a more detailed specification.

For further details please click here.

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of expression of interest: 1pm on 19 September 2014
  • Deadline for full application (if invited): 1pm on 4 November 2014

Evaluation of the integrated care and support Pioneers programme in the context of new funding arrangements for integrated care in England

The Department of Health (DH) wishes to commission a longer-term evaluation of new policy approaches to promoting better integrated care and support.

The primary focus of the evaluation will be on the impact of the integrated care and support Pioneers programme, in the context of the Better Care Fund and any subsequent funding arrangements and wider policy innovations designed to promote better integrated care and support.

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Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of outline applications: 1pm 12 August 2014
  • Notification of outcome: October 2014

UPDATED INFORMATION:

We have been advised by the Department of Health about recent policy changes to Better Care Fund planning and resource allocation arrangements. Potential applicants for this research call may wish to be aware of these changes in the policy context.

Further information is available on the NHS England website, and can be accessed via the following webpage.


Iodine and Health: Iodine Status in the UK Population – Particularly in Pregnant Women

The Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme invites proposals to undertake research on iodine status in the following areas:

  • Iodine status in pregnant women in the UK
  • Epidemiological thresholds – the functional significance of iodine levels, particularly in pregnant women in the UK
  • Development of robust biomarkers for mild iodine deficiency

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Questions and Answers Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm 02 July 2014
  • Notification of outcome: November 2014

Thinking differently about dementia education and training – a formative evaluation

The Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme invites full proposals for a single research project to inform and evaluate Health Education England’s approach to dementia training, at foundation, intermediate and advanced level.

This research should develop the evidence base that links education and training to behavioural changes in staff resulting into better outcomes for people.

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Questions and Answers Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm 02 July 2014
  • Notification of outcome: November 2014

An examination of the costs and benefits of a regulatory approach to the assessment of continuing fitness to practise of health and care professionals

The Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme invites full applications for a single project to gather evidence on the costs, outputs, outcomes, benefits and impact of a system designed to assure the continuing fitness to practise of health and care professionals.

The research will examine the system put in place by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a regulator of 16 professions across health and social care.

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Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm 02 July 2014
  • Notification of outcome: November 2014

Evaluating the impact of Health Education England’s national values based recruitment programme

The Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme invites full proposals for a single research project to evaluate the impact of Values Based Recruitment (VBR). This is an important opportunity to inform policy in an area of vital importance for patients, the NHS and higher education.

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Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm 02 July 2014
  • Notification of outcome: November 2014

Realising the Benefits and Tracking the Impact of Medical Revalidation

DH invites full applications for a single research project to inform the review and continued development of its policy for medical revalidation in England.

Research Specification Document

Medical Revalidation in England Paper – Professor Walshe

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm 25 March 2014
  • Notification of outcome: August 2014

Evaluation of the Impact of Care Experience Prior to Undertaking NHS Funded Education and Training

DH invites applications for a single research project to evaluate the impact on entrants to health professions, of their having had prior experience of providing care to patients. This research will be focussed on an evaluation of Health Education England’s Pre-Registration Nursing Experience Pilots.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm 25 March 2014
  • Notification of outcome: August 2014

Developing Methods for Retrospective Assessment Against the NHS Outcomes Framework to Understand the Contribution of the NHS and Partner Organisations

DH invites applications for research to develop robust methods that will enable observed change in NHS Outcomes Framework indicators to be attributed appropriately to the contribution of the NHS and partner organisations.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm 25 March 2014
  • Notification of outcome: August 2014

Developing Methods for Assessing Avoidable Severe Harm Attributable to Problems in Hospital Care

DH invites applications for research to develop methods for assessing avoidable severe harm in hospital care settings.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm 25 March 2014
  • Notification of outcome: August 2014

Pre-announcement of the second research call for the Health Reform Evaluation Programme

The Department of Health Policy Research Programme will issue a supplementary research call for the Health Reform Evaluation Programme (HREP) on 26 November 2013, following on from the call published on 19 March 2013 which has now closed.

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The Role of Community Pharmacy in Public Health

DH invites the submission of research proposals to determine and evaluate the role of Community Pharmacy in public health.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of outline applications: 1pm on 10 December 2013
  • Notification of outcome: August 2014

Improving the Health of the Poorest Fastest: Vulnerable Populations in Local Communities

DH invites the submission of research proposals to assess health inequalities and add to the existing evidence base for interventions to engage with vulnerable communities.

Research Specification Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of outline applications: 1pm on 10 December 2013
  • Notification of outcome: August 2014

Evaluation of Offender Liaison and Diversion Trial Schemes

DH invites the submission of proposals to evaluate trial Liaison and Diversion (L&D) services, for adults and children with a range of health and social needs who come into contact with the criminal justice and youth justice system.

Research Specification Document

Liaison and Diversion Service: Service Specification

Questions and Answers Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm on 12 November 2013
  • Notification of outcome: Late March 2014

Education Outcomes Framework: developing indicators and the evidence base

DH wishes to commission a single three-year research project, to inform development and use of the Education Outcomes Framework (EOF). The DH Workforce Strategy, External Relations Directorate and Health Education England (HEE) will be the key customers for the output of this work.

Research Specification Document

Questions and Answers Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm on 12 November 2013
  • Notification of outcome: Late March 2014

Health Reform Evaluation Programme: Supplementary Research Call

DH invites applications for a supplementary research call for the Health Reform Evaluation Programme (HREP), following an earlier call in March 2013.

Research Specification Document

Questions and Answers Document

Timetable
  • Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm 04 February 2014
  • Notification of outcome: Late May 2014