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NIHR Advanced Fellowship Selection Committee Round 9 interviews minutes


Published: 25 August 2023

Version: Final

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Date and time: Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th June 2023

Place: Radisson Blu Hotel, No 1 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL


Selection Committee One members:

  • Professor Jayne Parry (Chair) University of Birmingham
  • Professor Tim Croudace (Deputy Chair) The University of Dundee
  • Professor Matt Sutton (Deputy Chair) University of Manchester
  • Professor Judith Bliss, Institute of Cancer Research
  • Professor John Cairns, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Professor Cathy Creswell, University of Oxford
  • Professor Sheila Greenfield, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Jill Manthorpe, King’s College London
  • Professor Rupert Pearse, Queen Mary University of London
  • Professor Steven Julious, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Sue Ziebland, University of Oxford
  • Professor Karina Lovell, University of Manchester
  • Yesmin Begum, Patient and Public Involvement Representative
  • Angela King, Patient and Public Involvement Representative.


  • Professor Waljit Dhillo, NIHR Academy Dean
  • Dr Vineeth Rajkumar, Head of Research, Rosetrees Trust.

NIHR Academy staff:

  • Dr Beth Harris, Assistant Director
  • Tom Pratt, Senior Programme Manager
  • Elizabeth Taylor, Senior Programme Manager.

Selection Committee Two members:

  • Professor Eileen Kaner (Chair) University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Professor Umesh Kadam (Deputy Chair) University of Leicester
  • Professor Catherine Pope, University of Oxford
  • Professor Karl Atkin, University of York
  • Professor Alan Brennan, The University of Sheffield
  • Professor Ernest Choy, Cardiff University (Day 1)
  • Professor Calum Semple, University of Liverpool, (Day 2)
  • Professor Rob Poole, University of Bangor
  • Professor Jane Sandall, King's College London
  • Professor George Gkoutos, University of Birmingham (Day 2)
  • Professor Udai Banerji, Royal Marsden NHS Trust
  • Professor Dawn Skelton, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Professor Andrew Briggs, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Professor Keith Abrams, University of Warwick
  • Sue Prior, Patient and Public Involvement Representative
  • Dave Chuter, Patient and Public Involvement Representative.


  • Professor Waljit Dhillo, NIHR Academy Dean

NIHR Academy Staff:

  • James Fenton, Assistant Director
  • Gareth O’Brien, Senior Programme Manager
  • Ryan Wolstenholme, Programme Manager.

Discussion of Applications

60 applications were received for Round 9 of the NIHR Advanced Fellowship and 58 of these proved eligible for assessment by the NIHR selection committee.

Shortlisting took place on 5th May 2023. The selection committee shortlisted 25 Advanced Fellowships for interview: one applicant withdrew, so that left 24 applicants to interview. Applicants were interviewed over two days on 14th and 15th June 2023.

Application Summary

Application window opened 18th October 2023 60
Application window closed 12th January 2023 60
Selection Committee Assessments 26th February 2021 58
Shortlisting Meeting 5th May 2023 58
Interviews 14th and 15th June 2023 24 (1 withdrew)
Recommended for funding 29 June 2023 14

5 applications were recommended for funding on a conditional basis.

Interview and Discussion of Applications

Advanced Fellowship Round 9 Selection Committee One Recommendations

Reference NoResearch TitleOutcome
NIHR303215 Adapting and evaluating a complex adaptable intervention to reducing opioid prescribing in primary care (Opioid SMART) Recommended for funding
NIHR303175 Co-design and feasibility testing of a very brief behavioural change Approach To assist healthcare professionals discuss pulmonary rehabilitation with people living with COPD (CHAT) Recommended for funding
NIHR303187 PRE-WELL: does pre-operative weight loss improve surgical outcomes and long-term behaviour change? Recommended for funding
NIHR303223 Trajectories of Palliative Care Need amongst People with Multiple Long-Term Conditions -
Recommendations for Service Innovation
Recommended for funding
NIHR303220 Enabling Genomic Testing in Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP) Recommended for funding
NIHR303214 Personalised synthetic controls for the estimation of efficacy in clinical research recommended for funding Recommended for funding
NIHR303231 Weight reduction to address obesity as a barrier to accessing fertility treatment Reject
NIHR303181 Mental health inequalities in cancer diagnosis and treatment: a mixed-methods study Reject
NIHR303213 Improving design of cluster randomised trials for efficiency and patient benefit Reject
NIHR303211 Re-purposing metabolic compounds for the prevention of dementia Reject
NIHR303230 Benefits and harms associated with use of antihypertensive treatments in elderly patients with multiple long-term conditions Reject
NIHR303212 Developing and evaluating a gamified mental health app to support post-partum weight management and mental wellbeing (MUMS-first): A feasibility study Reject

Advanced Fellowship Round 9 Selection Committee Two Recommendations

Reference NoResearch TitleOutcome
NIHR303184 Precision bio marker guided management of tuberculosis contacts (PRAGMATIC) Recommended for funding
NIHR303200 Increasing informed participation in lung cancer screening through development and evaluation of a complex intervention for behaviour change (IMPALA) Recommended for funding

Feasibility platform trial investigating interventions for persistent air-leak in secondary spontaneous pneumothorax Recommended for funding
NIHR303189 Co-design and feasibility trial of autism social identity groups for psychological well-being in autistic adolescents Recommended for funding
NIHR303183 Improving maternal and child health and social inequalities for those with no recourse to public funds and irregular immigration status Recommended for funding
NIHR303182 A mixed methods exploration of the relationship between severe mental illness and chronic kidney disease Recommended for funding
NIHR303219 Can ambulatory blood pressure measures inform shared treatment decisions in hypertension for older adults who are at risk of falls? Recommended for funding
NIHR303176 Investigating the acceptability of antihypertensive medication non-adherence testing in those with multiple long-term conditions from ethnic minority populations Recommended for funding
NIHR303179 Primary prevention of cardiometabolic comorbidity after psychosis onset: refining the Psychosis Metabolic Risk Calculator (PsyMetRiC) and integrating it within a co-designed Stratified Psychosis Physical Health Intervention (SAPPHIRE) Reject
NIHR303190 Active 10 to get up and go in later years: the development, feasibility and evaluation of a mobile app intervention to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary time in older adults (Agility) Reject
NIHR303221 Identifying patients at risk of long-term complications following viral encephalitis Reject
NIHR303194 Psychiatric inpatients who are parents: prevalence, current provision, and feasibility of a co-produced package of care focused on the supporting parent, child and family system Reject