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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.

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 which will then attract further support from other sources.

Applications for RCF will only be accepted from employees of Oxford University Hospitals and the University of Oxford for the purpose set out above.

In Oxford University Hospitals there are two core functions for RCF:

  1. Autumn Call.
  2. Strategic Fund to support strategic objectives, which may include recruitment and retention.

Oxford University Hospitals 'Autumn Call'

The Research Capability Funding to OUH was reduced by six percent in 2016/17, and the implications of budget pressures on RCF allocations for 2017/18 are uncertain.

There has not been a call in the Autumn 2016, pending more information on the likely level of RCF for 2017/18.

Further updates will be announced in due course.

For more information on RCF please contact Diane Hilson at

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Strategic Fund

The Strategic Fund Call is now closed

The Strategic Fund is made up of a proportion of BRC funding and RCF funding and is directed towards addressing more strategic objetives including senior recruitment. These posts will be important in establishing leadership in new areas of activity, and for increasing leadership roles and succession planning across the BRC Themes, Divisions and Departments.

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