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12 Nov 2020

Research projects awarded a total of £1.6 million from Open Funding Competition


The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) for the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) is supporting a total of 31 original, innovative and high-quality research projects through its Open Funding Competition for 2020.

The projects, led by collaborative teams from across the North East and North Cumbria region, share a funding investment of £1.6 million over the next two years.

The research projects were chosen from more than 170 registrations of interest from a wide range of collaborations including those working in universities, NHS and social care providers, local authorities, charities and voluntary sector organisations.

Follow this link to find out more about the 32 chosen projects.

Each funded project supports the NIHR ARC NENC’s vision of ‘better, fairer health and care at all ages and in all places’ and aims to improve health and social care outcomes in those communities and sectors facing the greatest challenges.

The selected projects also link closely to least one of the seven ARC North East and North Cumbria research themes of:

Multi-morbidity, Ageing and Frailty
Supporting Children and Families
Prevention, Early Intervention and Behaviour Change
Integrating Physical, Mental health and Social care
Inequalities and Marginalised Communities
Knowledge Mobilisation and Implementation Science
Enabling Methodologies

Professor Eileen Kaner, Director of the NIHR ARC for the North East and North Cumbria, said: “Our annual Open Funding Competition allows us to support a diverse range of original and high-quality research proposals that aim to improve health and social care within communities and groups right across our region.

“We’ve had a terrific amount of interest in this first round of funding and we were hugely impressed by the calibre of the applications. We expect the selected projects to generate original and innovative research outputs that can make a real difference to health and wellbeing within the North East and North Cumbria.”

The next Open Funding Competition from the NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria is set to be announced in Spring 2021.

View the 31 projects funded in 2020.