Qualitative Input On Grants

The QUAHRC at King's College London consists of a core team of qualitative researchers with expertise in designing and conducting high quality qualitative research.  Expert advice on the design and conduct of qualitative research within studies is vital to ensure that data collection and analyses are rigorous and the study findings credible and authentic, thereby meeting the study aims and satisfying requirements for high impact journals.  Discussions around the role of qualitative research in grants need to take place as early as possible to ensure it is fully embedded in the research programme. 

Getting qualitative input for your study

If qualitative input is required, the support request form (download here) should be submitted to quahrc [at] kcl [dot] ac [dot] uk well in advance to allow sufficient time for the qualitative team to contribute to the project before grant submission. Different levels of qualitative collaboration are provided, please see "More Information" below. 

We have particular expertise in the following research areas: cancer, culture and ethnicity, dementia, depression & anxiety, eating disorders, gender-based violence, mental health nursing, migrant communities, neurological disorders, older adults mental health, online interventions, peer support, psychosocial interventions, policy research, psychosis and schizophrenia, recovery, trauma.

Qualitative research in trials

The QUAHRC at King’s College London is embedded within the King's Clinical Trials Unit.   In this capacity, we advise on conducting qualitative research in stand-alone studies and as part of larger programmes of research using the Medical Research Council (MRC) framework on developing and evaluating complex interventions (see link at bottom of this page). 

Our portfolio of work includes trials of complex interventions, drug trials & feasibility studies.

Why include qualitative research in trials?

  • To increase the relevance of evidence generation by listening to the voices of important stakeholders 
  • To contribute to developing interventions with a good chance of being effective 
  • To help establish the feasibility of a larger trial 
  • To optimise interventions and study design  
  • To optimise recruitment and retention  
  • To enhance or explain trial findings, including why an intervention was found to be ineffective or what were the key aspects of the intervention that contributed to producing an effect (mechanisms of impact) 
  • To understand complexity, including the mechanisms behind interventions, how interventions are implemented in practice and the context in which the intervention is implemented   
  • To facilitate transfer of knowledge from RCTs to the real world. 

NHS Research Design Service London

See also the NHS Research Design Service London website for resources on writing a qualitative research proposal and to request expert one-to-one help with developing and refining your grant application.

Link to the NHS Research Design Service London