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NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre

Research on Research

Research on Research (RoR) is the National Institute for Health Research’s (NIHR’s) internal research programme, which is delivered by its members of staff. With external collaboration we are able to consider and deliver research to better inform the research management processes from funding through to publication.

The programme, based at the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC), was established in 2007.

We do RoR to:


We achieve this by:


We are always interested in hearing from potential collaborators. If you have a research question or topic suggestion, or are interested in collaborating with us, please get in touch with us. Email:


RoR team:
Amanda Blatch-Jones – Senior Research Fellow
Abby Bull – Assistant Research Manager
Kathryn Fackrell – Research Fellow
Katie Meadmore – Research Fellow
Alex Recio-Saucedo – Research Fellow

Contact details:
tel: 023 8059 7565

Current RoR study:
Study title: Survey to funders of decision-making processes for grant fund allocation in health research
University of Southampton, Faculty of Medicine Ethics Committee reference number: 46851

In this study we would like to learn about the decision-making processes funders of health and health-related research use to allocate grant funds (for example, whether external peer reviewers are used and how many stages applications go through).

Health research funders are responsible for fair and transparent allocation of funding for health research. To do this, they review research applications and make a decision about which research applications merit funding. This survey builds on previous NIHR work and aims to collate information about the different approaches to decision-making that health research funders are currently using, have used in the past or may consider using in the future, and their opinions of these approaches.

If you would like to take part, the survey will take about 20 minutes to complete and can be accessed here: Thank you for your interest.

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