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NIHR Doctoral Fellowship Round 3 Public Minutes


Published: 10 February 2021

Version: 1.0 (Feb 21)

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Date and location

8 – 9 September 2020 via online virtual meeting

In Attendance 

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


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


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


Nicola Melody, Assistant Director, Personal Awards
David Lunn, Senior Programme Manager
Rosie Padley, Programme Manager


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

 Action/ActivityDate Applications 
 Stage 1 Application window   1 October - 17 December 2019 100
Selection Committee Assessments & Shortlisting Meeting  28 January 2020 & 19 March 2020 92
 Stage 2 Application window   6 April 2020 - 21 July 2020 46
 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