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Minutes for the Research for patient Benefit Programme Under-Represented Disciplines and Specialisms Highlight Notice: Methodologists Research Advisory Committee B Stage 1 Meeting


Published: 30 January 2024

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Minutes for the Research for Patient Benefit Programme Under-represented disciplines and specialisms highlight notice: Methodologists Research Advisory Committee B Stage 1 meeting 

Date and Location

Thursday 7 December 2023 Via Zoom Virtual Meeting

In attendance

Committee Members

Professor Chris Gale (Chair)
Professor Peter Bower
Dr Helen Brooks
Professor Sarah Byford
Professor Spiros Denaxas
Professor Robbie Foy
Miss Kristy Garfield
Dr Alys Griffiths
Rosemary Greenwood
Professor Christina Jones
Dr Hayley Jones
Professor Jamie Kirkham
Professor Susan Mallett
Professor Tom Marshall
Professor Fliss Murtagh
Professor Stephen Morris
Professor Martin Orrell
Professor Katherine Payne
Dr Rachel Phillips
Mr John Roberts
Professor Caroline Sanders
Professor Jackie Sturt
Professor Rod Taylor
Mr Steve Telford
Ms Jane Whitehurst
Professor Paula Williamson
Mr Keith Wyncoll


Professor Kevin Munro (Programme Director)
Mr Noor Akbar (NIHRCC)
Dr Ianina Conte (NIHRCC)
Ms Zuzanna Tajchman (NIHRCC)
Mr Scott Thomson (NIHRCC)
Ms Sarah Deria (NIHRCC)
Ms Katie Prangle (NIHRCC)
Ms Michal Wagman (NIHRCC)

Stage 1 applications considered

NIHR206833: Development of new reporting guidance for systematic reviews of health economic evaluations
Conflicts: Professor Peter Bower, Jane Whitehurst, Professor Sue Mallett, Professor Robbie Foy
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206823: Health economic simulation modelling for cardiovascular assessment and intervention: development, validation, and application of a publicly available resource
Conflicts: Professor Spiros Denaxas, Professor Stephen Morris
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206837: Appropriateness of methodology and reporting in case-control studies in Electronic Health Records databases: scoping review and simulations
Conflicts: Professor Robbie Foy, Professor Stephen Morris, Professor Sue Mallett
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206847: Refining the usability and acceptability of reporting guidelines: a sequential feasibility study and parallel process evaluation.
Conflicts: Professor Spiros Denaxas, Professor Sue Mallett
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206858: Software to provide simulation-based minimum sample size calculations for prediction modelling
Conflicts: Professor Sarah Byford
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206902: Methodology generation for core outcome sets using routinely collected data: A mixed methods study
Conflicts:Professor Katherine Payne, Professor Peter Bower, Ms Jane Whitehurst, Professor Robbie Foy, Professor Tom Marshall, Professor Caroline Sanders,
Professor Paula Williamson
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206850: From feasibility study to main trial: a seamless transition or a rift?
Conflicts: Professor Sarah Byford, Miss Kristy Garfield, Dr Rachel Phillips,Professor Jackie Sturt, Professor Robbie Foy
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206914: INCLUDing Ethnically diverse groups when developing Core Outcome Sets (INCLUDE-COS) Do Core Outcome Sets (COS) for randomised trials represent the values and perspectives of ethnically diverse groups?
Conflicts: Professor Caroline Sanders, Professor Peter Bower, Dr Helen Brooks, Professor Katherine Payne, Professor Paula Williamson, Miss Kirsty Garfield
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206839: Improving the quality of diet-focussed research using personalised interventions: the 4R study
Conflicts: Professor Robbie Foy
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206835: A Generic Standardised Item Set for remote assessments in people requiring specialist outpatient care: The GeneSIS Project
Conflicts: Dr Alys Griffiths, Dr Helen Brooks, Professor Paula Williamson, Professor Caroline Sanders
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206877: OpenPREGnosis: Developing an Open Algorithm to Identify Pregnancy Episodes and Outcomes in National Electronic Health Records (EHRs): A Comprehensive Methodological Approach
Conflicts: Professor Chris Gale, Professor Katherine Payne, Professor Robbie Foy, Professor Caroline Sanders, Professor Peter Bower
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206904: Providing context to decontextualised data: Developing new methods that combine and integrate data science and qualitative methods to explain changes in primary care prescribing
Conflicts: Professor Spiros Denaxas, Professor Sue Mallett, Dr Hayley Jones
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206870: Outcomes from Everyone
Conflicts: Professor Christina Jones, Miss Kristy Garfield, Rosemary Greenwood, Dr Hayley Jones, Professor Sue Mallett
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206879: Development of new methodology to frame and address the impact of poor-quality studies on meta-analysis through a research wastage perspective
Conflicts: Dr Hayley Jones
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206921: Advancing Methodologies for Evaluating Artificial Intelligence Facilitated Diagnostics for Mental Health Conditions
Conflicts: Professor Sue Mallett
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206922: Assessment of the effectiveness of antidepressant medications and cognitive behavioural therapy among children and young adults with depression and/or anxiety using real world and aggregate data.
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Reject

Outcomes Table

The table below displays the mean score for each application that was assessed in the research assessment committee meeting, and excludes applications which were rejected during the scrutiny and triage processes. The number of applications receiving each mean score are listed. The RfPB fundable range is 4-6, although a score of 4-6 does not guarantee funding or an invitation to Stage 2. In exceptional circumstances and with approval from the Programme Director, applications may be invited/funded which fall below the fundable range.
In exceptional circumstances, applications which fall below the fundable range may be invited to Stage 2 or recommended for funding by the Committee. The Programme Director reviews in detail any applications recommended for funding with a score below 4.

Stage 1 

ScoreNumber of applications invitedNumber of applications rejected
5.0 - 6.0 1 0
4.0 - 4.9 5 0
3.0 - 3.9 4
2.0 - 2.9 0
1.0 - 1.9 0