Funding Opportunity: Social Care Research Capacity Building 

An exciting opportunity for a social care practitioner to play a role in bringing social care practice and research together.

Funding for two part-time posts is available for 18 months for practitioners in the social care sector in North West London (NWL) to take the lead in promoting research values and culture in their organisation, as well as getting directly involved with existing or new research projects on social care.

They are open to people currently in employment working in social care, whether in a local authority, private social care organisation or in the voluntary sector.

These posts are an essential part of the overarching ARC NWL Social Care Capacity Building Project, working in collaboration with Brunel University and funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).

Funds available:

Funding is available to support interested practitioners within social care to work for 18 months on developing social care research capacity within their organisation.

We will provide funds for time release for 18 months (£25,000 maximum) and an allocation of a small budget to support the work of capacity building in the local setting (£5000).

A total of £30,000 is available for each practitioner post.

The posts must be able to commence on the 1 September 2024 and end on the 31 March 2026.

Interested applicants must read the full details in the Guidance Information before applying

What the posts will do:

The two practitioner posts will be part of an ARC NWL Social Care Research Team. We will offer the successful post holders’ mentorship, training, support and links to support the work being undertaken in the practice settings. The postholders will be able to do a range of things which may include some of the following:

Who can apply?

Applicants will come from the boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Westminster, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

They will be currently working in a social care role within an organisation.

The application will be:

In both cases, the practitioner interested in undertaking the post will need to fill out the main questions in the application form

View and download a copy of the Application Form (Click 'File' > 'Download' and select 'Microsoft Word .docx')

Selection criteria:

The selection process is two staged: submission of an application form and if shortlisted, an interview. 

Application selection criteria are set out below:

Application process:

Application deadline:

Applications must be submitted to the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) for Northwest London (NWL) at the following email address:

Please submit your forms by Monday 15 July @ 4pm.

If you have any problems submitting your form by email, please contact us and we can provide you with a printed form by post.


For further information on NIHR ARC NWL and the Social Care Research Capacity Building project please email if you have questions about this funding opportunity.

If you need any assistance with accessing information about NIHR ARC NWL or the application form, please contact us and we will make alternative arrangements to provide you with the information.

Associated Theme:

This opportunity is associated with Social Care.