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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.

RCF is unable to support research that has been paused or delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, e.g. by backfilling research posts that may have been affected.

Its purpose is to:

  • help research-active NHS organisations to act flexibly and strategically to maintain research capacity and capability
  • support the appointment, development and retention of key staff undertaking or supporting people and patient-based 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.

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 of these changes the RCF awarded to OUH for 2022-23 is substantially less than the award for 2021-22.

The Panel which oversees how RCF awarded to OUH is allocated is currently considering how best to use these reduced funds to support research. An announcement will be made to researchers in OUH and OU once the local process for 2022-23 has been confirmed.

In the meantime please do not submit any ad hoc applications, but please contact us if you would like to request RCF support for the net costs incurred by a host organisation in meeting the salary of an individual supported by NIHR who is on maternity, paternity or long-term sick leave.

Contact us

For all enquiries regarding RCF, please contact Peiying Lo:


Last reviewed:14 April 2022