The Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) manages a number of research programmes and other activities for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and for the Department of Health Policy Research Programme.


CCF runs funding competitions, through a rigorous process of independent review to ensure that only the most outstanding applications are funded. Once successful proposals are identified and contracts entered into, CCF then monitors and manages the delivery of those contracts, on behalf of the funder. 


In addition to managing research programmes for the NIHR (Invention for Innovation, Programme Grants for Applied Research, Research for Patient Benefit) and the Department of Health Policy Research Programme, CCF also manages competitions and contracts for other NIHR initiatives that are part of NIHR infrastructure and NIHR Faculty. 


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Public involvement in research

The Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) involves members of the public in its work. It values the contributions they make to research through the knowledge, experience and skills that they bring. The purpose of this involvement is to improve the quality and relevance of the research that CCF commissions and the other research activitiesthat it manages for the National Institute for Health Research and for the Department of Health Policy Research Programme.


Public contributors are routinely involved in providing written assessments of funding applications submitted to research programmes. They are also involved as members of decision-making committees and panels, making recommendations to research funders. Currently a group of about 300 members of the public contribute to CCF’s work.


Read CCF’s PP Plan 2013-15 to find out more:

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Grange House, 15 Church Street, Twickenham TW1 3NL

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Please refer to our website to check the remit of individual research programmes and research initiatives


All cover England but some also cover other parts of the UK. For example, the NIHR Invention for Innovation Programme invites applications from England and Wales.


Useful Web Links

PPI in NIHR Invention for Innovation Programme -

PPI in NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research -

PPI in NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme -

PPI in Department of Health Policy Research Programme -


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