HSC R&D Division supports Opportunity-led commissioned research derived from ad-hoc opportunities to exploit partnership funding.
Applications for Opportunity-Led Awards can take many forms and often require differing levels of input from HSC R&D Division. In all cases the study should be a co-funded study requiring a lower level of input from the HSC R&D Division. There should already be evidence of a peer-review/evaluation process (in most cases undertaken by the co-funder).
The Opportunity-Led Research Scheme is currently OPEN
The overall process for opportunity-led commissioned research is intended to be flexible, inclusive and priority driven, and maximise the potential for partnership.
- Contact: Researchers, potential funders and other interested stakeholders should contact HSC R&D Division at the earliest opportunity to discuss potential opportunity-led commissioned proposals.
- Follow-up: A range of activity (varying in scope, intensity and duration) is undertaken to obtain sufficient information to support the subsequent decision stage.
- Review: All correspondence and supporting documents are reviewed by HSC R&D Division who will consider aspects including:
- HSC relevance/benefit - is there political imperative to support the proposal? - does the proposal address a service priority? Will the proposal improve health & wellbeing?
- HSC R&D Portfolio - does the proposal add breadth or depth to the existing research portfolio?
- Funding leverage - does the proposal lever external funding from an existing or potential funding partner?
- Decision: HSC R&D Division must satisfy itself that appropriate steps have been taken to ensure the scientific rigour of the opportunity-led research that it funds through a robust peer-review/evaluation process. The decision process is not an evaluation process and does not consider the scientific merits of a proposal since this should have already been organised.