Grant submissions to the National Institute for Health Research

If you are considering submitting a research grant application to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) with us as the host or contract holder, our Research Team is here to help you.

The following requirements must be completed before our Director of Finance can confirm the CCG is happy to act as the host on your NIHR application. 

Grant submission checklist

For us to sign your application, you will need these two things:

  1. Confirmation from the Chief Investigator in writing (email or letter) that all non-NHS costs have been calculated and approved by each organisation.
  2. Confirmation that all NHS costs have been calculated and approved either by us, or written confirmation from another organisation that the costs are appropriate.  

Grant funding flow chart

The grant funding flow chart maps the process and requirements for submitting a grant to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) with us as your host. Please note this is an overarching process. 

There are variations in submission requirements between outline and full grant applications and between NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre and NIHR Central Commissioning Facility awards.

Signatories to an NIHR grant submission

It is important to add the correct signatories to your application and this should be done when you start your application to allow time to amend any incorrect signatories, changes in post and to give the signatories advance notice that their signature will be required by your specified deadline.

Guidance on signatories

For all applications to NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) programmes, including Health Technology Assessment (HTA); Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR); Public Health Research (PHR) or Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) the following mandatory supporting signatories are required to be added to a stage two application as a minimum:

  1. Administrative Authority or Finance Officer
  2. Head of Department or Senior Manager Sponsor
  3. Sponsor

For all applications to NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) programmes, including Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB); Programme Grant for Applied Research (PGfAR); Invention for Innovation (i4i) and Programme Development Grant (PDG) please refer to their terms and conditions. There is no specific guidance for signatories available.