The Health Foundation Efficiency Research Programme

The Health Foundation, an independent charity working to improve the quality of health care in the UK, has launched its £800,000 Efficiency Research Programme.

The Efficiency Research Programme is an open call for innovative research ideas on system efficiency and value for money in health and social care.

Researchers are invited to submit ideas on innovative approaches that support transformational change needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of health and social care in the UK.

Two or three experienced research teams will be funded to explore ways that health, or health and social care services can address the challenge of increasing efficiency and value for money, and providing more for less.

Each project will receive between £250,000 and £500,000 for research completed over three to five years.

The four key priority areas for this programme are:

  • allocative efficiency: achieving a more cost-effective mix of services within health and social care to maximise the health of the UK
  • aligning incentives: generating the greatest pull to improve efficiency and value for money
  • technology and workforce: optimising the role of technology and the workforce to improve efficiency
  • diffusion of best practice: optimising the spread and diffusion of efficient practice in health and social care.

If you are interested in applying please read the Notes for Applicants for further information, visit

The closing date for applications is 12 noon, Monday 20 October 2014.