Decision details

Approval to submit a bid to the National Institute of Health and Care Research

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Health & Adult Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Seek approval to submit a bid to the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) for a Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC).
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) are seeking applications to fund a set of innovative research collaborations between local government and the academic sector that focus on improving the wider determinants, or drivers, of health. The funding is for up to £5million across a 5-year period and is intended to improve the capacity and capability for research within the local authority to aid evidence driven decision making.


The Executive Member for Health and Adult Services has authorised the submission of an application for grant funding of five million pounds (£5,000,000) to support the establishment and delivery of a Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC) for 5-years (December 2023-November 2028).

Reasons for the decision:

The National Institute for Health & Care Research (NIHR) are investing in Local Authorities to enable them to become more research active and to generate an evidence base to inform their decision making. A significant new funding stream was launched by the NIHR in 2021, for the development of Health Determinants Research Collaborations (HDRCs)
which are intended to address the wider determinants of health across all council services to lead to better health outcomes for all.

The HDRC funding stream enables Councils to work in partnership with universities and wider partners, to develop a culture of engaging in, and using, research within a Council. It enables infrastructural change, to create a HDRC team within a Council, who will lead
Council-wide research developments.

Should we be successful, the funding would enable infrastructural change to embed research in the Council. To enable NYC to become more research active, to generate and use evidence to provide the most efficient and effective services for North Yorkshire residents. To upskill the NYC workforce to engage in bid writing for future research grant applications increasing the likelihood of drawing in external funding.

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 15/06/2023

Date of decision: 09/06/2023

Effective from: 23/06/2023

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