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NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research

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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) maintains a health-related research system in which the NHS supports outstanding researchers, based in world-class facilities, engaged in cutting edge research focussing on the needs of patients and the public.

The seventeenth round of the NIHR Programme Development Grant scheme has now opened for applications. Deadline 17th November 2016.

Programme Development Grants are designed to address the observation that promising applications to the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) scheme are sometimes unsuccessful because certain aspects appear too insecure, and therefore too risky to be awarded three to five year funding. They allow for the completion of necessary preparatory work, enabling applicants to address weaknesses in prospective proposals that would be identified at Stage Two of a PGfAR application.

Activities eligible for funding include:

  • Evidence synthesis, potentially including modelling.
  • Selection or development of interventions or measures of outcome.
  • Pilot/feasibility studies to establish recruitment and participant retention rates, provide evidence for sample size calculations, optimise delivery of the intervention, etc.
  • Demonstration of practical ability to undertake elements of the future programme, such as when complex data linkage is required.
  • Strengthening of existing collaborations with methodological experts required to deliver the proposed research programme.

Awards range from £20,000 to £100,000, over periods of six to eighteen months, and allow proposals to progress directly to Stage Two of any subsequent PGfAR application.

Details are available on the NIHR website.


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