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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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.

Applications for this themed call are now open, and the deadline for submission is 1pm on 20 May 2015.

Find out how to apply.



Call for Members of Programme Grants for Applied Research Sub-Panels

The National Institute for Health Research (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 who wish to contribute to the assessment of research proposals from a service user perspective.

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

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on 27 February 2015. 


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. 


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


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. 

Download PGfAR Review Document