Nottingham Pump Priming Competition Spring 2023

Nottingham Pump Priming Competition Spring 2023

About the Nottingham Fund

Nottingham Hospitals Charity invites application for the Charity’s Spring 2023 Pump Priming Competition (Nottingham).

This is a competition funded by Nottingham Hospitals Charity and is open to early career researchers based in Nottingham.

It is designed to support new researchers from all professions at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Key Dates

Open: Monday 6 March 2023

Close: Sunday 28 May 2023 at 23.59 hours. Applications are now closed.

Funding decision: August 2023

Purpose and Scope


  • To promote high quality, multi-disciplinary research proposals
  • To support pump priming, proof of principle and pilot studies
  • To increase the chances of applicants being successful in winning substantial external funding
  • To encourage applications from new investigators (defined as those who have received funding of less than £50,000 in the past three years).


  •  Research proposals can be for adult or paediatric research
  • This funding call is limited to Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust based researchers only
  • Awarded proposals will not be eligible for adoption onto the NIHR Portfolio.

The total Pump Priming Fund available for Spring 2023 is £125,000. Applications are limited to a maximum of £25,000 per project. 


How to apply

Read our guidance notes

Please read all of the information and the guidance document on this page before starting your application.

Your application will be rejected if you have not complied fully with the requirements set out here.

We supply a word document version of the online application form (NH Charity Pump Priming Competition - Draft Application Form.docx [docx] 463KB) to help researchers prepare their proposals ahead of submission. This is to be used as a guide and to assist with completion of the online application form ONLY.

Please do not try to use this as an application form.

You  MUST apply using the online form below.

If you are ready to submit

If you have all of the information you need and are ready to submit your application, then please click on the box below.

Research Pump Priming Competition NottsSPRING 2023

Eligibility Criteria

This call is open to researchers based at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (only). This includes those directly employed and those who hold an Honorary Contract with NUH.

Applications must

  • be for proof of principle/pilot/innovation studies only
  • not exceed a maximum budget of £25,000
  • be for a maximum of three years (36 months) from receipt of funding
  • have a clear and close trajectory to deliver patient benefit 
  • should enable submission for high quality, externally funded grant applications for clinical research, such as the NIHR RfPB scheme

Designing your Research Proposal

Applicants are strongly advised to contact the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) for advice on developing a robust research proposal, including methodology, statistics and health economics.

NUH applicants seeking statistical advice for their submission to this funding programme should contact the NUH R&I Funding Development Team in the first instance.


How your application will be assessed

Managing your application

Applications will be administered and managed by the Research & Innovation department of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) in collaboration with Nottingham Hospitals Charity.  

We will ensure the research funded will meet the highest possible standards of quality, accountability, transparency and openness. 

Assessing your application

Applications will be considered by two assessment panels:

  1. Nottingham Hospitals Charity Research Review Committee
  2. Public and Patient Advisory Panel - this panel will include members of the public and patients with experience of healthcare relevant to the applications

Following these assessments, the Nottingham Charity Research Board will review the highest scoring proposals and make the decision on funding.

Managing grants

Nottingham Hospitals Charity, in collaboration with the Nottingham University Hospitals Research & Innovation (R&I) Funding Development Team, will performance manage all awarded applications to ensure the successful delivery of the project outcomes. Successful applicants will also report to the Charity on a six monthly basis.