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The NIHR supports the production and updates of systematic reviews through two funding streams:

The NIHR Cochrane Programme Grant Scheme

The NIHR Cochrane Programme Grants was established to provide high quality systematic reviews that will be of direct benefit to users of the NHS in England.

Grants will be for up to £420,000 spread over three years (i.e. up to £140,000 maximum per year), approximately 10 grants are likely to be awarded. Grants will be awarded to support a substantial and coherent programme of work that includes both new Cochrane reviews; updating of existing reviews; evaluation of ‘rapid’ compared to conventional Cochrane reviews; a suite of Diagnostic Test Accuracy reviews; or modified Cochrane reviews which produce a rapid output. Applications seeking less than the maximum grant value for smaller programmes of work will be welcome.

Any queries relating to this scheme should be directed to Sally Bailey, Senior Programme Manager, NETSCC at

Cochrane Incentive Awards

The Cochrane Incentive Awards accepts applications on an annual basis from all Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs).

For the past nine years, the Department of Health in England has funded an annual scheme whereby small incentive payments (in almost all cases of £5,000) were offered to CRGs for preparing key new or updated Cochrane reviews by agreed dates. Over the nine years, 179 awards have been made.

The Department recognises that these awards are insufficient to meet the full costs of conducting reviews. They are intended to be applied at the discretion of Co-ordinating Editors in ways that will facilitate and possibly accelerate activity that is already planned or underway.

We expect to make up to 20 further awards of £5,000 each during 2013 (though, in very exceptional cases, a higher incentive payment may be agreed).

Any enquiries relating to this scheme should be referred either to Sally Bailey (, or Martin Burton, Director of the UK Cochrane Centre (  - (with ‘Cochrane Incentive Scheme’ in the subject/title field, please).

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