Hosting research in the NHS
If you are applying for NIHR funding, you will need to identify a host organisation through which your application will be submitted and which will, if the application is successful, host your grant.
- signing and holding the contract for the research with the funder (DH)
- setting up and signing subcontracts with the organisations doing the research – this could be the Universities or other NHS or voluntary bodies
- reporting on expenditure to the funder
- ensuring all legal and financial responsibilities are handled effectively.
Bristol CCG is an experienced host, and well-schooled in the intricacies of the four steps outlined above. We currently host four NIHR Programme Grants (five years and up to £2million each) plus two RfPB grants (each up to £250K) as well as two HTA grants. We are waiting for funding decisions on three more grants, and are working with staff who are preparing about ten additional grants. As such we have experience across the board in this arena.
We are keen to act as host to more NIHR grants as our success in this area each year determines our funding (the following year) under the ‘Research Capability Funding (RCF) scheme. This RCF funding can be used to pay for the time of researchers working up new bids for funding. RCF can be invested in NHS or Higher Education Institution (HEI) staff. So, this is a virtuous circle that we are keen to maintain.
If you are working up a bid for NIHR funding, please talk to the R&D team about hosting your grant at the earliest opportunity. Contact in the first instance.