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National Institute for Health Research - Research Capability Funding

What is NIHR RCF?

The NIHR Research Capability Funding is a research funding stream awarded to the Trust on an annual basis which helps research-active NHS organisations to attract, develop and retain the research workforce necessary to deliver high quality health research.

The RCF award to OUH for 2017-18 has been significantly reduced (by 27 percent) compared to the previous year.

What is its purpose?

Its purpose is to:

  • help research-active NHS organisations to act flexibly and strategically to build and maintain research capacity and capability
  • support the appointment, development and retention of key staff undertaking or supporting people and patient based research
  • contribute towards costs of hosting NIHR-funded or 'adopted' research that are not currently fully covered across NIHR's programmes, and that are not met in other ways.

Further information regarding RCF can be found at the NIHR's website. Please use the link below:

The emphasis of RCF is both on flexibility and sustainability. It is therefore important that the RCF is not used as if it were an alternative source of long term funding. It is for short term projects only, which would then normally be expected to attract further support from other sources.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to accept applications for RCF from employees of Trust or the University of Oxford for the purpose set out above..

Applications for Maternity Leave / Paternity Leave / Long-Term Sick Leave (only) can be submitted on an ad hoc basis and will be reviewed promptly throughout the year.

All other applications - for small awards for operational purposes - must be submitted to meet specific deadlines.

Please see the link below for more information on how to bid for RCF:

NIHR Research Capability Funding (RCF) 2017/18 Process (pdf, 311 KB)

For all enquiries regarding RCF, including requests for the current application form, please contact:

Diane Hilson, RCF Manager: