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Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to provide funding for tinnitus research over the next three years. (186384)

The Department funds national health service research and development through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The institute's research programmes support high quality research of relevance and in areas of high priority to patients and the NHS.

The usual practice of the NIHR (and of the Medical Research Council) is not to ring-fence funds for expenditure on particular topics: research proposals in all areas compete for the funding available. Both organisations welcome applications for support into any aspect of human health and these are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the scientific quality of the proposals made.

Details, including the scope of the programmes and the arrangements for making applications for support from them, are available on the NIHR website at: