Useful Links/HOT TIPS COVID-19



NIHR today launched a new UK-wide call for longer-term COVID-19 research

This call this new call will sit alongside the joint UKRI/NIHR rolling research call for urgent COVID-19 research, and will have a specific focus on research to inform policy and the recovery of the health, care and public health systems from the pandemic, with outcomes typically within 24 months

Eligibility – the following NIHR programmes are accepting applications from across the UK

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)

  • Evidence Synthesis (ES)
  • Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)
  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
  • Invention for Innovation (i4i)
  • Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)
  • Public Health Research (PHR)
  • Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)
  • Research for Social Care (RfSC) 

The NIHR Policy Research Programme and NIHR Academy Fellowships programme will not be accepting Scottish-led bids to this call.

Deadline for applications

The call will close for the first time on Tuesday 23 June 2020, at 1pm. Any applications that are not submitted by this date will be automatically transferred to the second draw-down date of Tuesday 14 July 2020

Further details are available from the NIHR website

Alan McNair

Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office




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An update has been issued on the CSO website concerning CSO granted funded projects paused due to COVID-19 and can be accessed here :



Online submission of amendments and a new amendment tool will go live across the UK on Tuesday 2 June 2020.  

These new processes for handling amendments is part of the ongoing Research Systems programme to improve services for applicants.  

More info:


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Online booking service for IRAS submissions



April 2020

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