NIHR Incentive Awards 2020

The Cochrane Incentive Awards accepts applications on an annual basis from all Cochrane Review Groups and Campbell Coordinating Groups.

In order to apply you will need to carefully review the:


The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in England funds an annual scheme whereby small incentive payments are offered to Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) and Campbell Coordinating Groups (CCGs) for preparing key new or updated reviews by agreed dates.

The DHSC recognises that these awards are insufficient to meet the full costs of conducting reviews. They are intended to be applied at the discretion of Coordinating Editors in ways that will facilitate and possibly accelerate activity that is already planned or underway i.e. post protocol publication.

The budget for the scheme in 2020 will remain at £100,000 and we expect to allocate funds to between 10–20 awards. Incentive payments of up to £10,000 will be awarded, subject to the level of complexity, importance and impact of the review. Complex reviews can seek to request support from the NIHR Complex Reviews Support Unit (CRSU) by indicating this in their application. Contact with the CRSU should be made only if/when an award offer has been made by the NIHR, and not at the application stage.

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