21/16 Improving support for adult and/or older carers

21/16 Improving support for adult and/or older carers

The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme wishes to fund high quality, theory-led work on effective approaches to supporting carers. New research of all kinds is needed, but specific priorities have been identified by carers, voluntary groups and others. Some examples of priorities identified include:

  • overviews of what works to reduce social isolation for carers
  • evaluations of models of ‘centres’ to support carers
  • better ways of identifying and assessing carer support needs, particularly older individuals, and those in marginalised communities.

In order to apply for this commissioned call you will need to carefully review the:

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study Steering Committee and it is important that you read the TSC/SSC Guidance before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate.


Call open: 9 March 2021
Call close: 1pm on 5 August 2021
Remit and competitive decision notification: by late August 2021 (only if unsuccessful)
Stage 1 Shortlisting decision notification: by 8 October 2021
Stage 2 writing window: early October – to late November (8 weeks)
Stage 2 Funding decision notification: mid- February 2022
Study start date: 1 May/June 2022


The NIHR HS&DR Programme will be holding a webinar to discuss 21/16 call –  Improving support for adult and/or older carers  on 10th June 1-2 pm. If you would like to join, please complete the form below.

The webinar will be immediately followed by a limited number of virtual clinics, providing an opportunity for potential applicants to discuss their proposed research with the NIHR team and where possible, NIHR RDS colleagues. Applicants may apply to attend a 15 mins clinic by expressing their interest in the questions section of the webinar registration form.


This National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) call invites proposals for dementia research to address important health and social care questions.

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