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NIHR Doctoral Fellowship Round 4 Public Minutes


Published: 10 February 2021

Version: 1.0 (Feb 21)

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Date and location

17 – 18 November 2020 via online video meeting

In attendance

Committee One members

Professor Judith Ranking (Chair), University of Newcastle
Professor Andrea Manca (Deputy Chair), University of York
Professor Andrew Hayward, University College London
Professor Catherine Exley, Newcastle University
Professor Gordon Taylor, University of Exeter
Professor Katherine Checkland, University of Manchester
Professor Marilyn James,
Professor Nigel Hoggard, University of Sheffield
Professor Steven Jones, Lancaster University
Ben Wills-Eve (Patient and Public Involvement)
Angela Ruddock (Patient and Public Involvement)


Jeremey Parr, Wellbeing of Women
Julieanne Bostock, DHSC (Day 2)


  • Karen Fernando, Assistant Director
  • Tom Pratt, Senior Programme Manager
  • Gareth O’Brien Senior Programme Manager


Professor Andrew Hayward, University College London (Day 1)

Committee Two members

Professor Gary Frost (Chair), Imperial College London
Professor Trudie Roberts (Deputy Chair), university of Leeds
Professor Charles Hutchinson, University of Warwick
Professor Elizabeth Meins, York University
Professor Ingunn Holen, University of Sheffield
Professor Louise Connell
Professor Paul Brocklehurst
Professor Richard Riley
Professor Yvonne Birks, University of York
Gordon Smith (Patient Public Involvement)
Susan Edge (Patient Public Involvement)


Professor Dave Jones, Dean NIHR Academy


James Fenton, Assistant Director
Rebecca Dove, Senior Programme Manager
Elizabeth Taylor, Programme Manager

Committee Three members

Professor Richard McManus (Chair), University of Oxford
Professor Gretl McHugh (Deputy Chair), University of Leeds
Dr Cynthia Iglesias, University of York
Professor Gerald McCann, University of Leicester
Professor Glyn Lewis, University College London
Professor Jenny Myers, University of Manchester
Professor, Mike Crawford, Imperial College London
Dr Oliver Rivero-Arias
Dr Phil Shackley, University of Sheffield
Professor Ruth Harris, Kings College London
Jacqui Gath (Patient Public Involvement)
Sue Boex (Patient Public Involvement)


Professor David Williams, Wellbeing of Women (Day 2)


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


Professor Jenny Myers, University of Manchester (Day 1)


104 applications were received before the closing date of 13th August 2020 and 100 of these proved eligible for assessment by the NIHR selection committee.
Shortlisting took place on the 12th October 2020. The selection committee shortlisted 37 DFs for interview, applicants were interviewed between 17th and 18th of November 2020.

Application summary

 Action/ActivityDate Applications 
 Stage 1 Application window   1 - 13 April 2020   104
Selection Committee Assessments & Shortlisting Meeting  21 August 2020 & 12 October 2020   100
 Stage 2 Application window   12 - 30 October 2020   37
 Interviews  17 – 18 November 2020  37
 Recommended for funding  17 – 18 November 2020  22

7 applications were recommended for funding on a conditional basis.

Interview and discussion of applications

DF Round 4 Selection Committee 1 Recommendations

Reference NoResearch TitleOutcome
NIHR301469 Investigating the effectiveness of pre-surgical ‘health optimisation’ public health interventions for obesity and smoking in elective hip and knee replacement surgery from health service and patient perspectives Recommended for funding
NIHR301535 COVID-19 survivors and kidney disease: The long term effects on kidney function, and health outcomes for people with pre-existing chronic kidney disease - a study using electronic health records Recommended for funding
NIHR301520 Measurement of the Aerosol Generating Potential of Intubation, Extubation and associated airway procedures – MAGPIE study Recommended for funding
NIHR301501 An Investigation of Ethnic Disparities in Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy Recommended for funding
NIHR301503 No need(le) to worry: Development and feasibility study of a self-help cognitive behavioural therapy resource for children with needle fear Recommended for funding
NIHR301514 Improving the United Kingdom's Newborn Screening Pathway for Detection of Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip Recommended for funding
NIHR301525 EMpowering Pregnant women Affected by Trauma HistorY (EMPATHY): a critical participatory action research study Recommended for funding
NIHR301367 Musculoskeletal Outpatients Physiotherapy Delegation (MOPeD): A mixed methods study Reject
NIHR301475 Utilising routine healthcare data and artificial intelligence to support personalised neonatal care and efficient clinical trial design for bronchopulmonary dysplasia: Development of the PRemature Infant Outcome Risk (PRIOR) clinical prediction tool Reject
NIHR301500 The Value and Meaning of Follow-Up Routine Surviellance Imaging after Treatment for Paediatric Brain Tumours: A Mixed-Methods Study. Reject
NIHR301509 Personalisation of asthma diagnosis through optimisation of timing for tests Reject
NIHR301458 Preventative Opportunistic Interventions in the Emergency Department (POIntED): intervention development and feasibility study Reject

DF Round 4 Selection Committee 2 Recommendations

Reference NoResearch TitleOutcome 
 NIHR301474  Improving outcomes for patients having shoulder replacements: guiding patient selection, evaluating cost-effectiveness and informing NHS provision. Recommended for funding
 NIHR301467  A mixed methods validation of technology enhanced macula services Recommended for funding 
 NIHR301510  The analysis of overall survival in a changing clinical world; the methodological implications of relapsing cancers in randomised controlled trials. Recommended for funding 
 NIHR301454  Improving safety for surgical patients through better diagnosis of drug allergies Recommended for funding 
 NIHR301522 Personalised predictions of outcomes in adolescence and adulthood for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic review and IPD meta-analysis, evaluation of methodology, and external validation study. Recommended for funding 
 NIHR301536 Core set of Outcome Measures for FOot and ankle disorders in RheumaTic and musculoskeletal diseases (COMFORT) Recommended for funding 
 NIHR301502 Four-dimensional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (4D-MRI) to guide radiotherapy for stage II-III non-small cell lung cancer: an assessment of its precision and accuracy. Recommended for funding 
 NIHR301494 The effects of hyperoncotic albumin solution in patients with septic shock: a systematic review and randomised feasibility study. Recommended for funding 
 NIHR301505 Understanding the relationship between NHS social prescribing and community networks in different socioeconomic areas in England Reject 
 NIHR301464 Development of an intervention to reduce compassion fatigue in adolescent mental health ward staff. Reject 
 NIHR301488 RECODE-PTSD: Reconsolidation to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - preparatory pilot work and protocol refinement followed by phase 2 randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a competing task intervention. Reject 
 NIHR301523 Acute illness in care homes: exploring optimal approaches to identification and management. Reject 
 NIHR301529 Improving assessment of executive functions Reject 

DF Round 4 Selection Committee 3 Recommendations

Reference NoResearch TitleOutcome
NIHR301483 Reducing violence by forensic inpatients with psychosis: First stages of the development of a virtual reality treatment based on cognitive inhibitory learning theory Recommended for funding
NIHR301448 Artificial Intelligence to Improve Antenatal Detection of Congenital Heart Disease Recommended for funding
NIHR301457 Childhood outcomes after perinatal brain injury Recommended for funding
NIHR301549 Principles and practices of paediatric palliative care in the antenatal setting: a prospective study of parental experience to inform clinical practice Recommended for funding
NIHR301347 Understanding care-leavers’ sexual and reproductive health: developing a framework for programmatic intervention and system change that supports their transition to independence Recommended for funding
NIHR301546 Development and validation of prediction models for secukinumab therapy in psoriasis: a machine learning approach enabling personalised medicine Recommended for funding
NIHR301489 IMproving Prophylactic Antibiotic use for Recurrent urinary Tract infection (IMPART): mixed-methods study to address evidence gaps and develop a decision aid. Recommended for funding
NIHR301528 Predicting onset of anxiety and depression in people diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis Reject
NIHR301461 Early pregnancy loss and perinatal bereavement: A lifecourse health approach to the psychological experience of miscarriage, ectopic, stillbirth, and neonatal death. Reject
NIHR301524 Investigation of Sex-Related Discrepancies in Peri-operative Mortality and Morbidity following Elective Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair: Are Sex-specific Pathways Needed to Provide Equality in Delivery of Care? Reject
NIHR301478 Intimate Partner Violence and Miscarriage: What is the association between intimate partner violence and miscarriage, the current UK provision of care, and healthcare professionals’ experiences with these patients? Reject
NIHR301542 The impact of illness perceptions on patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). Reject