Submit a research idea

Our Research and Evidence Team are keen to hear from colleagues around the NHS who have ideas for health and care research. The team supports research covering all angles of health and care. 

Sometimes this can be investigating variations in practice, and sometimes it can be simply asking ‘why do we do it like this?’

Examples of the kinds of research ideas we have previously supported are:

  • Determining best practice in fitting and replacing new gynaecological devices
  • Investigating whether prescribing diet books helps people to lose weight
  • Determining the effectiveness of running liver function tests on people taking certain medication
  • Conducting research to determine the best way to present health guidance to people with learning difficulties

If you have an idea, please get in touch with our Research and Evidence Team at

What we will do with the idea:

  • Search research funders to see if anyone is tackling this idea already
  • Undertake an evidence search and appraisal to see if a solution already exists
  • Help establish collaborators to take the work forward
  • Engage with local and national bodies to try and gain support for the research project to be developed

What you can expect as an outcome of submitting an idea

  • If there is an answer out there already, you can expect us to give this to you to help inform your work
  • If an answer is being found at the moment, we will put you in touch with the relevant team undertaking the work so that you can liaise directly with them
  • If there is no clear answer, we will endeavour to help stimulate a collaboration to find an answer

Your commitment

The amount of time commitment you will need to invest in uncovering an answer can range from a bit of reading and a few conversations with colleagues from the health and academic environments to co-leading and driving a programme of research over several years. The required time depends entirely on the question, the available collaborators and stage that the research is at.

We will do our best to help to establish a work-plan that suits your circumstances.

Download our Pipeline Support document to find out more about our Research and Evidence Team’s approach to ‘bridging the gap’ between academia and practice. The research pipeline is our process for taking novel approaches from the health services and supporting these to develop into research projects funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Get in touch

Tel: 0117 900 2268

Write to:  
Research and Evidence Team
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG
South Plaza
Marlborough Street

Our opening hours are: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. We are closed on bank holidays.

Support for researchers

Our Research and Evidence Team provides a range of support for researchers including funding opportunities, support in applying for grants and advice around governance.

Undertaking an evidence review

Our Evidence Team conducts reviews of the latest evidence around health care products and services.