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2018/19 Work Programme

SISCC is funded to strengthen the evidence-base for large-scale sustainable change working with universities and health and social care organisations across Scotland. 

To date the focus of our research has been around our five research themes: Behaviour Change, Capacity & Capability, Context, Improvement Methods and Spread & Sustainability.

In addition to our research themes we are also involved in large-scale projects: 

  • Evidence-into-Practice - breastfeeding and kangaroo care in neonatal units;
  • Knowledge Into Action At Scale - examining how Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can influence behaviour and practice change;
  • Safer prescribing in primary care - evaluation of an informatics tool and role of community pharmacists in polypharmacy reviews. 

We are currently looking for proposals from practitioners and academics to influence the design of our 2018-19 work programme. 

The call for 2018/19 proposals is open from 3rd January 2018 - 31st March 2018. 

All proposals should address at least one of the SISCC funding objectives and meet the prioritisation criteria:

Funding objectives

Prioritisation criteria

  • Strengthen the evidence base for improving quality of care, and delivering better quality outcomes including staff and service user experience.
  • Disseminate the improvement science knowledge base to practitioners and decision-makers.
  • Facilitate translation of improvement knowledge into improvement activity, practice and policy.
  • Build engagement, capacity and capability across a network of researchers, practitioners and policymakers, helping to create, disseminate and apply improvement knowledge, to support widespread improvement in Scotland's health and care.
  • Define new approaches to improvement methodology including data analysis.
  • Evidence the changes in and impact of the improvements in quality of care delivered by the project.
  • Addresses SISCC funding objectives
  • Builds on existing work/evidence-base
  • Demonstrates principle of co-creation
  • Cross-sectoral collaboration across SISCC
  • Addresses a health and social care priority - long-term policy driver/need
  • Potential to strengthen and sustain SISCC
  • Strengthening the evidence-base around the delivery of large-scale sustainable change
  • Utilisation of output by health and social care practitioners (translation potential)


The maximum funding available for new proposals is £35,000.  Timeframes for new proposals are for work to begin within three months of the funding award and be completed in a 12 month period. 

The SISCC Director has discretionary approval for submissions under £3,000. 


Our submission process

There are two routes to have new work proposals considered - the submission of an Outline Proposal, i.e. an 'expression of an idea' or a full- costed Research Proposal. 

The purpose of offering two routes is to provide an opportunity for practitioners in health and social care to submit an Outline Proposal and to work with the SISCC Executive Group to develop their idea or challenge into a fully costed Research Proposal.

The submission timeframe for the 2018-19 work programme is:

  • Call for outline proposals open between 3rd – 26th January 2018*;
  • Research proposals to be developed and submitted by 31st March 2018;
  • SISCC Executive Group prioritisation exercise to be completed by end April 2018.

Outline Proposals will be reviewed at the end of January/beginning of February. This triage process will match proposals with SISCC Executive Group members (knowledge & expertise); to support the development of a Research Proposal by the 31st March 2018.  

Both forms are available at the end of this webpage - the Outline Proposal Form is to be completed online and the Research Proposal form should be downloaded, completed and then submitted. 


Prioritisation process

All research proposals submitted by the 31st March 2018, will undergo prioritisation by the SISCC Executive Group by the end of April 2018.

Proposals will be assessed against the SISCC funding objectives and prioritisation criteria above.

Applicants will be informed before the end of April 2018, whether or not their proposal has been successful. 

If you have any queries about this process please contact Dr Nicola Gray, Associate Director (Programmes & Evaluation)  or Julie Anderson, Associate Director (Partnerships & Engagement) on 01382 388527.


SISCC Proposal Form

If you have already developed a full research proposal, you can fill out this form, where you can provide more detail.

Please send your proposal to