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NIHR Doctoral Fellowship Round 3 Public Minutes



Meeting: NIHR Doctoral Fellowship Selection Committee – Round 3 Interviews
Date and time: 8 – 9 September 2020
Place: Virtually via Zoom


Selection Committee One members:

  • Professor Judith Ranking (Chair), University of Newcastle
  • Professor Andrea Manca (Deputy Chair), University of York
  • Professor Anne Forster, University of Leeds
  • Professor Catherine Exley, Newcastle University
  • Professor Gordon Taylor, University of Exeter
  • Professor Jayne Woodside, Queen's University, Belfast
  • Professor Katherine Checkland, University of Manchester
  • Professor Nigel Hoggard, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Steven Jones, Lancaster University
  • Samantha Senior (Patient and Public Involvement)
  • Bernard Gudgin (Patient and Public Involvement)
  • Julieanne Bostock, DHSC
NIHR Academy Staff:
  • Peter Thompson, Director of Programmes and Impact
  • Tom Pratt, Senior Programme Manager
  • Beth Harris, Senior Programme Manager
Selection Committee Two members:
  • Professor Gary Frost (Chair), Imperial College London
  • Professor Ingunn Holen (Deputy Chair), University of Sheffield
  • Professor Andrew Hayward, University College London
  • Professor Charles Hutchinson, University of Warwick
  • Professor Elizabeth Meins, York University
  • Professor Glyn Lewis, University College London
  • Professor Robert Meadows, University of Surrey
  • Professor Waljit Dhillo, Imperial College London
  • Professor Yvonne Birks, University of York
  • Angela Ruddock (Patient Public Involvement)
  • Susan Edge (Patient Public Involvement)


  • Professor Dave Jones, Dean NIHR Academy
NIHR Academy Staff:
  • Caroline Magee, Deputy CEO
  • Rebecca Dove, Senior Programme Manager
  • Mal Palin, Senior Programme Manager
  • Professor Gyn Lewis, University College London (Day 1)
Selection Committee Three members:
  • Professor Richard McManus (Chair), University of Oxford
  • Professor Gretl McHugh (Deputy Chair), University of Leeds
  • Professor Ashley Adamson, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Cynthia Iglesias, University of York
  • Professor Gerald McCann, University of Leicester
  • Professor Jenny Myers, University of Manchester
  • Professor, Mike Crawford, Imperial College London
  • Professor Philip Evans, University of Surrey
  • Dr Phil Shackley, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Ruth Harris, Kings College London
  • Jacqui Gath (Patient Public Involvement)
  • Sue Boex (Patient Public Involvement)
  • Dr Elizabeth Robertson, Diabetes UK
NIHR Academy Staff:
  • Nicola Melody, Assistant Director, Personal Awards
  • David Lunn, Senior Programme Manager
  • Rosie Padley, Programme Manager

Discussion of applications

100 applications were received before the closing date of 17th December 2019 and 92 of these proved eligible for assessment by the NIHR selection committee.
Shortlisting took place on the 19th March 2020 The selection committee shortlisted 46 DFs for interview. 8 applicants withdrew from the DF competition prior to interview so 38 applicants were interviewed between 8th and 9th of September 2020. 

Application summary

 Stage 1 Application window opened 1 October 2019 100
 Stage 1 Application window closed 17 December 2019 
 Selection Committee Assessments 28 January 2020  92  
 Shortlisting Meeting 19 March 2020 
 Stage 2 Application window opened 6 April 2020  46  
 Stage 2 Application window closed 21 July 2020 
 Interviews 8 - 9 September 2020  38 (8 withdrew*) 
 Recommended for funding* 8 - 9 September 2020  20 

 *7 applications were recommended on a conditional basis.

Interview and discussion of applications

DF Round 3 Selection Committee 1 Recommendations

Reference NoResearch TitleOutcome
NIHR300904 Artificial Intelligence based assessment of oral precancer to aid early detection of oral cancer Recommended for funding
NIHR300928 The SHIPS study: SHaring Information at the Primary/Secondary care interface for patients with a poor prognosis Recommended for funding
NIHR300906 Inequities in heart-kidney care: Why are people with kidney disease at increased risk of death and disability after a heart attack? Recommended for funding
NIHR300975 Can Rapid Evaporative Ionisation Mass Spectrometry provide accurate and reliable information on oncological margin status during Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery for recurrent or second primary Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma? Recommended for funding
NIHR300976 Rehabilitation After Ankle Fracture Treatment (RAAFT): Facilitating safe weight-bearing after ankle fracture surgery. Recommended for funding
NIHR300932 Online activity and self-harm in adolescents: a mixed methods study Reject
NIHR300919 Addressing psychosocial needs of patients who continue to smoke following a diagnosis of smoking-related cancer Reject
NIHR300978 Non-recovery of kidney function after AKI: identifying high risk groups and assessment with multiparametric renal MRI Reject
NIHR300911 Prognostic factors for the progression to chronicity in adults with sciatica Reject
NIHR300926 OpTimising Acute Pain aftEr suRgery (TAPER study): Development and feasibility study of an intervention to optimise opioid use to ensure patient safety. Reject
NIHR300956 Development of a Generalised Framework for the Synthesis of Diagnostic Test Accuracy Data: Towards Clinically Relevant Modelling of Full Diagnostic Pathways for more Reliable Decision Making and Patient Diagnoses Reject
NIHR300917 A randomised controlled feasibility trial evaluating perioperative intravenous lidocaine Infusion versus placebo on colorectal cancer outcome following surgery Reject

DF Round 3 Selection Committee 2 Recommendations

Reference NoResearch TitleOutcome
NIHR300952 Patient-tailored antibiotic therapy in acute cellulitis Recommended for funding
NIHR300914 MAternal Vaccination In the NHS (MAVIS) Study: A mixed methods approach to improving antenatal immunisation rates, focusing on pertussis Recommended for funding
NIHR300895 Does a guided relaxation audio track increase yield of expressed milk and breastfeeding rates in mothers of very preterm infants? A small randomised controlled trial and nested exploratory work Recommended for funding
NIHR300984 Modelling the Natural History of Rare Diseases Using Disparate Data Sources: Application to Patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Recommended for funding
NIHR300898 How can general practice assess and address the complex web of factors that shape diet in low-income communities? Testing system dynamics 'group model building workshops’ in four primary care sites Recommended for funding
NIHR300989 The HoPE Study: Characterising Housebound people and their unmet Primary healthcare needs: a mixed methods study in the south west of England Recommended for funding
NIHR300922 What knowledge would support improving the management of teenagers with dysmenorrhoea in primary care? Recommended for funding
NIHR300921 Feasibility and acceptability of a supported digital health intervention targeting obesity in patients with severe mental illness in secondary care psychiatric settings Recommended for funding
NIHR300939 The use of customised Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy interfaces in the treatment of patients with sleep disordered breathing Recommended for funding
NIHR300949 Improving the referral of people with diabetes and foot ulceration for ongoing specialist management: The I-TROD study. Reject
NIHR300993 Immune Markers as Predictors of Treatment Response (IMPACT study): Personalising treatment for patients with psychosis Reject
NIHR300965 Is reduced myocardial perfusion clinically important in non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy. Reject
NIHR300990 Improving the use of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) to optimally evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of cardiac catheter ablation Reject