Programme Grants for Applied Research


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Programme Grants aim to produce independent research findings that will have practical application for the benefit of patients and the NHS in the relatively near future. Programme Development Grants are a complementary scheme to allow investigators to undertake preparatory research that will position them to submit a competitive Programme Grant application. 

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Important change to the Programme Grants funding scheme

Programme Grants will now launch three Competitions per year, with Stage 1 opening for applications in February, June and October. This change will be in effect from Competition 20, which will open on 10 February 2016. The deadline for submission of Stage 1 applications is 6 April 2016.The change to funding scheme will also apply to Programme Development Grants from Competition 16, please see the revised call schedule on the PDG Calls and Competitions page for further details. 

The reasons for this change include: 

  • reducing the time between calls for applicants
  • reducing the time taken for research to move along the research pathway and deliver meaningful results to patients
  • addressing the NIHR-wide push to cut application and funding timelines, creating a more efficient research system.

Key dates for applicants are given on our Calls and Competitions page including the programme's participation in NIHR themed research calls. 

For the latest call and competition dates from across the NIHR visit the funding opportunities page.

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Prestigious opportunities with NIHR

Call for members of Programme Grants for Applied Research sub-panels

The NIHR is seeking to appoint new members to serve on Programme Grants for Applied Research sub-panels that consider researcher-led proposals to the programme.

We would welcome applications from methodologists with a strong track record in applied health research and from members of the public who wish to contribute to the assessment of research proposals.

For further details, including a full description of membership opportunities and the application process, visit our Selection Panel Opportunities page.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on 16 November 2015. 

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Multimorbidities in Older People Themed Call

The PGfAR Programme is participating in the NIHR Multimorbidities in Older People themed call. Multimorbidities is defined as the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions in one person.

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Director's message

Programme Director Professor Paul Little announced significant changes to the programme in his inaugural message in 2013. Read message or view podcast below. 

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NIHR Journals Library

In 2013, the Programme Grants for Applied Research Journal joined the suite of open access peer reviewed journals published in the NIHR Journals Library.

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The review of the first six competitions and 100 awards features case studies from eight researchers across a broad range of health research including dementia, children's medicines, diabetes and trauma. Download a PDF copy of the review by clicking on the link below. 

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Download PGfAR Review Document