Current funding calls
We regularly run both internal and external funding calls for research proposals, with calls running throughout the year.
NHSBT is committed to increasing the number of organs available for donation. To this end it funds high quality research designed to address the shortfall of available organs that the NHS currently faces.
We are now accepting preliminary applications for behavioural research projects, namely pilot/feasibility studies aimed at improving consent rates for deceased organ donation. Behavioural research has been identified as a priority by NHSBT’s Research & Development Committee, and a call to address consent for deceased donation is supported by NHSBT’s Behavioural Research strategy group because of the challenges that are faced by Specialist Nurses in Organ Donation (SN-ODs), the uncertainty of the best approaches to organ donation and the need to improve consent rates to meet the demand for organs. Studies which are aimed at increasing SN-OD involvement in the consenting process will be prioritised. Proposals aimed at increasing consent rates in BAME donors will also be prioritised.
The successful application will be for a pilot/feasibility study that will demonstrate how the data obtained at this stage will support a larger, externally funded study, designed to test an intervention aimed at improving consent rates for deceased organ donation. It is expected that the successful bid will include a health economics component which will state from what perspective costs and benefits will be considered, and how these will be collected. Proposed studies must use an appropriate methodology and involve a multidisciplinary team.
The deadline for receipt of outline research proposals is 22nd September 2017. This is a one stage application process and shortlisted proposals will be subject to independent peer-review and scrutiny by NHSBT’s Research and Development Committee in November 2017. It is anticipated that funding up to £100,000 p.a. over 3 years for an ethically approved study will be available from January 2018.
For further information please contact the NHSBT R&D Office (email@example.com) who will direct your enquiry on to the appropriate member of staff.
To apply, please complete the three forms available below and email them to the NHSBT R&D Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 22nd September 2017.
Please note, only applications from the NHSBT CTU require sign off from the Associate Director of Statistics and Clinical Audit, as required on page 5 of the research application form.
Past funding calls
For more information about funding opportunities from within the past year, please see below.