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NIHR RfPB Nurses and Midwives

Enable nurses and midwives to lead research that will benefit the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS and social care services

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One of our research partners, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), is inviting applications from nurses and midwives to the Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme, addressing the NIHR strategy to strengthen careers of under-represented disciplines and specialisms.

The call offers researchers considerable flexibility to focus on any subject area or topic provided the application is within RfPB remit. WoW would like to encourage applications in our remit of women’s reproductive and gynaecological health.

The call is for proposals up to £500,000 for a period of up to three years and follows a RfPB tiered approach to funding limits according to the trajectory to patient benefit.

All applications must have a nurse or a midwife in an early stage of their research career as either the lead or joint-lead applicant. The NIHR are keen to encourage fresh ideas from new researchers and appropriate applications are welcomed from those with limited research experience when supported by an experienced, strong and multi-disciplinary team.

More information can be found in the call specification.

The Research Design Service (RDS) supports health and social care researchers across England on all aspects of developing and writing a funding application. Find out how the RDS can help with your application.

For more details on the programme and application process, please visit the NIHR website.

Application timeline

Call launch webinar: 16 January 2023

Call launch: 25 January 2023

Expression of interest: 21 April 2023

Submission deadline: 17 May 2023 at 1pm

Stage 1 outcome: August 2023

Stage 2 outcome: December 2023


View the nurses and midwives webinar held on 16 January 2023, hosted by the RfPB team at NIHR.

The NIHR RfPB programme team is happy to respond to questions regarding the call, please contact them at