Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust has an excellent track record in securing grants from respected funding bodies, including the National Institute for Health 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.

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 Educational Institutes and pharmaceutical and medical technology companies to facilitate collaborative research projects.

Northern Care Alliance is keen to support applications to:
• National Institute for Health Research,
• Medical Research Council,
• Charitable research bodies and
• Other grant applications.

To ensure prompt turnaround of authorisation at NCA, we require the following details from investigators before a grant submission and as soon as an application is being developed:

Funding Body NIHR RfPB
Funding Call Aug-21
Full Title of Application
Lead Investigator   Name & contact details
Project Manager Name & contact details
Collaborating Organisations key contacts Universities? Other NHS Trusts? And contact details
Project Timelines Start date – End date
Project Budget 
Is a Research Project included in your Proposal? Yes? No?
       If yes – Provide details of required: NIHR Research Delivery Support (i.e. Research      Nurses), Service Support at sites (i.e. Clinical Research Facility, Pharmacy, Radiology, Labs), Provide full details
       If yes – Have you started collating a SoECAT form? Have you approached the CRN for Validation of this form? Provide details of form / Details if CRN have been approached
      If yes – RftF could assist with PPIE to strengthen your grant application. They can comment on study design/relevance or advise should you want patients as co-applicants. RftF has high numbers of volunteers with diabetes/respiratory/renal/CVD Further details:
Main contact:
Deadline for submission Date
Approvals required  R&I Director of Operations? Finance Director? NHS designated signatory?

Please ensure the 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.

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 the NCA to support the Grant Application in hand.

• R&I Finance Manager: Aishah Abbas (
• R&I Finance Assistant: Zayne Hussain (
• R&I Manager: 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.