PIHR Researcher support services

Information and resources for Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research researchers

The Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (PIHR) exists in part to support its member researchers and ensure they have the help they need to excel in their research careers. We do this by working with our partners across the University (including the Faculty of Health Research Support service, Research and Innovation, the Library and Doctoral College) and through a range of activities, including training workshops, resource development and signposting. Whilst these activities will be of particular benefit to our postgraduate research and early career researchers, we recognise that researchers may require support at very different stages of their career. 

Below you can find links to specific institute, faculty and university level support services, as well as resources for addressing specific research support questions. 

For further information on Institute activities please contact:  PIHRSupport@plymouth.ac.uk 

Find funding using Research Professional 

Research Professional is an online database of research funding opportunities and a source of international research policy and practice news, with an email alert service. It provides a summary of significant recent research funding opportunities and approaching deadlines. 

PIHR has created its own Research Professional page with key search lists that you can use to find health and care research funding. To access it you will need to enter your University log-in details and create a Research Professional account if you do not have one already. 

Further information on Research Professional


Useful researcher resources

Selected research funding sources
Apply for research funding

Support and guidance to help you through the application process.

Internal seed funding

PIHR has been working with other parts of the University to offer specific small-scale funding for seed-corn projects to University of Plymouth academics. These initiatives include:

  • Health Pump Priming Fund: jointly funded with the Faculty of Health this funding stream supports research which directly leads to future external grant applications. The 2020/21 fund supported 17 such projects.
  • Arts-Health Collaboration Fund: jointly funded with the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business, this fund supports collaborative research between academics from health backgrounds and those from the arts, humanities and business. Further details can be found here.
  • QR Strategic Priorities Fund: funding from Research England was used to support four small-scale projects around policy engagement. Further details can be found here.

If you have any questions about future internal research funding opportunities please contact PIHRSupport@plymouth.ac.uk


Managing research and managing research data
Applying for ethical approval

All research by staff, research students and taught masters students which involves human subjects and/or human tissue will always require ethical approval by a properly constituted ethics committee.

Public & Patient Involvement (PPI)

It‘s considered good practice to involve members of the public as early as possible in the research design process. Funding public involvement at the grant application stage can be challenging. The NIHR Research Design Services' ‘Public Involvement Funds’ aim to bridge that gap. Funds are available to help facilitate public involvement in the development of research ideas and research grant applications. You can contact the RDS directly to find out more about the funding here

Below are links to various external resources which could help you with public and patient involvement, either as part of the planning and/or dissemination of research. This includes a repository of PPI training and resources developed by NIHR, as well as guidance from MRC about how to feedback findings to study participants. 

Preparing a systematic review (incl. meta-analysis).
Publication preparation guidance
Achieving Research Impact

Ensuring our research findings make a positive impact on people and communities, not least through influencing policy-makers, can be as challenging as it is critical. In early 2021 PIHR funded the ECR Forum for Health-related researchers to organise a series of workshops for both early career and other researchers on engaging policy-makers. Below are links to some of the workshop resources together with other useful impact-related links. Please note: you will need a UoP login to access some of this content. 

Postgraduate research opportunities

The University of Plymouth offers a range of postgraduate research degrees across all areas of health research.

The Doctoral College is the hub for all research degree processes – from enquiries and application processes to the award of degrees.

Find out more about the areas in which we supervise postgraduate research at both doctoral and masters levels. Here we offer a flavour of potential topics for your own research project and who to contact to discuss your options.

Postgraduate Research Coordinators

Faculty of Health

If you are interested in collaboration opportunities or have a question around the work we do contact us on: PIHRSupport@plymouth.ac.uk