Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust has an excellent track record in securing grants from respected funding bodies, including the National Institute for Health and Care Research, major charities, the Medical Research Council and other UK research councils. These cover a broad range of subject areas, from population health and health economics, to stroke, oral health, critical care, antimicrobials, musculoskeletal conditions and care of acutely unwell children.

Current opportunities

The world of research funding is extremely competitive, and applications must be of a very high standard to be successful.

We have close links with other NHS and research organisations, Higher Education Institutions and pharmaceutical and medical technology companies to facilitate collaborative research projects.

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust is keen to support applications to:

  • National Institute for Health and Care Research
  • Medical Research Council
  • Charitable research bodies and
  • Other grant applications.

To ensure prompt turnaround of authorisation at NCA, we require the following form to be completed by investigators before a grant submission and as soon as an application is being developed. You can access the form as a Word document and return it by email to and

Grant details form

Or you can complete the form below and submit it via this website

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Please ensure the Research and Innovation (R&I) Grants team is made aware of all potential submissions as soon as possible. This will enable prompt sign off and authorisation to confirm all deadlines are met. Please allow 10 working days for the Grants Team to complete their review and provide any costs. It is important that applications are submitted well in advance of the submission deadline to allow for the final review and sign off by all parties.

The team is happy to review draft grant submissions prior to the deadline.

The R&I Grants Team contacts, who must be copied into all correspondence, are listed below. The Grants Team will liaise with all required parties across NCA to support the grant application in hand.

  • R&I Business Finance Manager: Aishah Abbas (
  • R&I Grants Finance Assistant: Muhsin Akhtar (
  • Head of R&I: Katie Doyle (

Additional notes:

You can also obtain support from the NIHR Research Design Service North West whose role is to support researchers to develop and design high quality research applications for submission to NIHR and other national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. We encourage you to contact RDS as soon as you are considering applying for a grant.

This flowchart explains the process for Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Template (SoECAT) Review

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