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National Institute for Health and Care Research - Research Capability Funding

NIHR Research Capability Funding (RCF) is a research funding stream awarded to trusts 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.

For more details about RCF please visit the NIHR website:

National Institute for Health and Care Research - Research Capability Funding

Award to Oxford University Hospitals for 2022-23

The NIHR is progressively reducing the total amount of RCF awarded to NHS trusts in England each year, and there have been significant changes to the formula used by the NIHR to calculate the amount awarded to individual trusts in 2022-23.

As a result, the RCF awarded to OUH for this year is substantially less than the award for 2021-22. This has necessitated a reduction in the scope of support available to local researchers and their teams.

As in previous years, applications can be submitted to support the net costs incurred by the host organisation (OU or OUH) in meeting the salary of an individual supported by the NIHR who is on maternity, paternity or long-term sick leave the request form (see link below) must be completed and submitted via email at the earliest opportunity.


However, due to uncertainty about the amount of RCF that will be awarded to OUH in 2023-24, awards made this year cannot extend beyond 31 March 2023.

It will not be possible for researchers to request RCF to support other research-related activities this year.

RCF 2022/23 Application Form (Word, 92 KB)

Contact us

For all enquiries regarding RCF, please contact Peiying Lo:


Last reviewed:26 September 2022