Please see below a list of recent Research Calls from HSC R&D Division (all these calls and schemes are now closed):
Joint Stroke Association / HSC R&D Division Lectureships (2015&16)
The Stroke Association and HSC R&D Division collaborated to support rising stars in stroke research and build capacity in Northern Ireland.
The Lectureship programme aims to address succession and sustainability in the careers of stroke researchers. This award will provide secure and stable long-term funding for researchers to establish themselves, whilst leading high quality programmes of research. This award also aims to leverage further funds to support PhDs, Post-Docs or other junior research and fellowship positions, as well as inspiring the next generation through a high quality lecturing and training programme.
Eight different types of award were available for both Northern Ireland only and UK-wide awards:
- Clinical Lectureship for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals
- Senior Clinical Lectureship for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals
- Clinical Lectureship for Medical Professionals
- Senior Clinical Lectureship for Medical Professionals
- Non-Clinical Lectureship
- Senior Non-Clinical Lectureship
- Reader Award (Clinical)
- Reader Award (Non-Clinical)
For more details see the Stroke Association website.
Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP) (2015)
HSC R&D Division invited applications for commissioned research on the current outcomes of the implementation of the Early Intervention Transformation Programmes (EITP) under Work Streams 1, 2 & 3.
Applications to this call were expected to include the following:
Inform the process of continuous improvement of EITP work streams.
Inform the development of any subsequent EITP interventions.
Inform future strategy for EITP for children and young people and their families.
Allow generalisable application in contexts beyond the Northern Ireland setting.
HSC R&D/NCI Health Economics Fellowship (2014)
This Fellowship programme aimed to encourage successful applicants to pursue a career in health economics with a cancer focus. The duration of the Fellowship will be four years leading to a PhD degree in health economics.
The Fellowship includes ten months of coursework in health economics, cancer prevention and health policy, based in Northern Ireland/UK; followed by two years of mentored research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Europe/US and a final year of mentored research at a Northern Ireland/UK University.
For more information on this call please contact Dr Ruth Carroll.
Commissioned Research - Outcomes of the Implementation of Smoking Prevention Intervention (2014)
Latest research indicates that 25% of people aged 16 years and over in Northern Ireland are smokers. In 2010, 6.7% of local children aged 11 to 16 were current smokers. 71% of these young people who smoke would like to quit. Most adult smokers (77%) would admit that they started smoking in their teens or younger.
The Dead Cool Smoking Prevention Education Pack is an intervention developed by Cancer Focus Northern Ireland targeted at Year 9 school children, aimed at reducing the numbers of young people who start to smoke and challenging those who influence smoking behaviour: Friends; Parents and Family and the Media
HSC R&D Division issued a call for research on the current outcomes of the implementation of Smoking Prevention Intervention – Dead Cool: Smoking Prevention Education Pack.
One project was funded which will include research to inform: the process of continuous improvement of Dead Cool Intervention; the development of any subsequent Smoking Prevention Education Pack for young people; future strategy for Smoking Prevention for children and young people; and generalisable application in contexts beyond the Northern Ireland setting.
For more information on this call please contact Dr Ruth Carroll.
Commissioned Research - Dementia Care (2013 stage 1) & (2014 stage 2) (co-funded with Atlantic Philanthropies)
It is estimated that at present in Northern Ireland 19,000 people live with dementia, less than 1000 of whom have early-onset dementia. In common with other parts of the developed world, as the local population ages, dementia is increasingly becoming a major public health and societal issue, with numbers of people with dementia projected to rise to 23,000 by 2017 and around 60,000 by 2051. If it is considered that each of these people will have a network of lay and professional carers then it can be estimated that, by 2051, upwards of 500,000 people could be coping with the impact of dementia in their everyday lives in Northern Ireland.
HSC R&D Division in collaboration with The Atlantic Philanthropies (AP), issued a call for research to address the increasing prevalence of dementia in NI and the burden it places, and will place, on health and social care staff and resources, and on the quality of life and wellbeing of service users and their wider network of carers.
The development of this call followed from the launch of the NI Dementia Strategy, Improving Dementia Services in Northern Ireland, in 2011 and will complement and align with the work of the Dementia Strategy Implementation Group (DSIG), chaired by the Public Health Agency (PHA) and HSC Board (Commissioners of HSC Services) and charged with delivering the strategy’s accompanying action plan. The Strategy advocates the need for further research in dementia care through initiatives aimed at building inter-disciplinary and inter-professional research in health and or social care.
The priority areas for research which were developed in consultation with key stakeholders including service users, health professionals and commissioners utilized initial topics identified by national priority setting exercises in the UK led by the James Lind Alliance (part of the National Institute for Health Research, NIHR) and the Alzheimer’s Society to derive a locally agreed priority list of topics on which robust evidence is currently unavailable.
Commissioned Research - Outcomes of the Implementation of Telemonitoring NI (2013)
Telemonitoring NI is a service designed to improve the clinical care, self-management and outcomes for patients by facilitating high quality and safe service delivery through a remote monitoring, end-to-end managed service.
HSC R&D Division issued a call for commissioned research on the current outcomes of the implementation of the Telemonitoring NI managed service.
One research project was funded and will provide new knowledge and robust evidence which will: inform the processes of continuous improvement of Telemonitoring NI; Inform the development of any subsequent telemonitoring contract; inform future strategy for technology deployment in healthcare in NI; enable organisational learning and well-informed decision-making during the initial contract period and beyond; and allow generalisable application in contexts beyond the Northern Ireland setting.
All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care Doctoral Fellowship Awards (2011 & 2012)
HSC R&D Division in conjunction with the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) offered Doctoral Fellowship Awards in Hospice and Palliative Care to support and develop research capacity across the island of Ireland. The three-year Fellowships will enable the individual to undertake research training as a means of developing a research career in Palliative Care, and to follow a training programme leading to a PhD.
Two Fellowships were Awarded. For more information on this call please contact Dr Gail Johnston
Commissioned Research - Bamford Implementation (2011)
The 2007 Bamford Review of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities (‘Bamford’ ) identified a considerable number of areas of research need. The Review’s recommendations for research were further developed in the Bamford Action Plan launched by the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety in 2009.
HSC R&D commissioned and published (30 November 2011) a series of Rapid Reviews in each of the agreed priority areas of: Children and Young People; Primary Care; Patient outcomes; Advancing Psychological Therapies; Intellectual Disability; Personality Disorders. These reviews aimed to: consider the available literature; identify policy implications; examine specified sub-themes; and determine the key research questions to inform the current call. The Rapid Reviews also provide immediate outputs for use by policy-makers, practitioners and commissioners. Bamford Rapid Review Summary
The Rapid Reviews were peer reviewed by an external panel of international experts who then identified eight priority research questions which formed the call for research within a Northern Ireland Context in the fields of intellectual disability and mental health.
Commissioned Research - Suicide Prevention (2008 & 2009)
HSC R&D Division commissioned research in the area of Providing meaningful care: using the experiences of young suicidal men to inform mental health care services
A short report using the experiences of young suicidal men to inform mental health care services is available: Providing Meaningful Care (Short Report)
Recognised Research Groups (2000-2007)
Recognised Research Groups (RRGs) were an integral part of the HPSS R&D Strategy between 2000-2010 and accounted for a large component of the HPSS R&D Fund expenditure.
The RRGs were established in the period between 2000 & 2002 with additional calls for proposals following on in 2003, 2005 & 2007. The concept was intended to facilitate focused good quality research and to create critical mass within vibrant co-operative research environments.
A list of funded projects can be found on our portfolio page
HSC R&D Division has funded a small number of research fora following a top down identification of strategic need.
Funding has been provided for researchers, HSC professionals, patients and the public to come together with the aim of building research capacity in particular topic areas, prioritising research topics, facilitating grant writing and encouraging dissemination among key stakeholders.
Areas supported include: