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Policy Research Programme - Guidance for Stage 2 Policy Research Unit applications


Published: 20 January 2023

Version: 1.0 - January 2023

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This document provides guidance on completing a stage 2 Policy Research Unit application for the NIHR Policy Research Programme.

Application Summary Information

Host Organisation

Provide details of the organisation who will be the contractor if the project is funded. If you have any queries, please contact before submitting your application.

Research Title

The project title should state clearly and concisely the proposed research. Any abbreviations should be spelled out in full.

Research Type

Select the appropriate research type. If your proposed programme includes any element of primary research, please select ‘Primary Research’. If you are carrying out new analysis of existing data, select ‘Secondary Research’. If you are not sure which category to select, choose the closest match to your project as this can be adjusted later.

Proposed Start Date

Please enter 01 January 2024.

Research Duration (months)

Please refer to the individual PRU specification.

End Date

This field will automatically populate once you have entered the start date and research duration information.

Total (Stage 2) Research Costs

This will be automatically pulled through from the budget section in Stage 2 applications. It needs to be populated in Single Stage applications.

CV - Lead and Co-applicants

Complete your name, contact details and other requested information.

Public co-applicants. We encourage the inclusion of public co-applicants, where appropriate. Please include a clear description of their role and the reasons why a public co-applicant is joining the team. They are not obliged to complete a standard CV but are required to provide a summary of any knowledge, skills and experience relevant to their role in the application in a separate text box. This appears when a co-applicant selects ‘yes’ to indicate that they are a member of the public.

We recognise and value the varied perspectives that patients / service users and carers bring to a project as applicants. In this section, please provide a summary of any relevant knowledge, skills and experience that you will draw upon to contribute to this project.

This could include information about:

  • Previous or present work (paid or unpaid) with any relevant organisations
  • Links with any relevant groups, committees, networks or organisations
  • Experience of particular health conditions, treatments, use of services - or as a member of a particular community
  • Knowledge and experience of research including previous research undertaken
  • Knowledge and experience of patient and public involvement including previous involvement activities
  • Skills from any other roles that are transferable
  • Relevant qualifications, training and learning.

The bullet point list above is not exhaustive. Please include anything else that is relevant to the application.

For further information please access the Public Co-Applicants in Research guidance.

Research Background - Lead and Co-applicants

Publication record

Provide details of a MAXIMUM of 6 of your most recent / relevant publications (in the last 10 years) relevant to this application (using Vancouver or Harvard citation format). Please use DOI reference numbers if needed.

Research grants held

Please select research grants held (as a named applicant) CURRENTLY or IN THE LAST 5 YEARS – as well as any additional previous grants, relevant to this application, stating who the grant is with and the amount of each grant. If no grants are held please enter N/A (as this is a mandatory field).

Has this application been previously submitted to this or any other funding body?

To be completed by the lead applicant only.

Select ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ from the drop down box to indicate whether this or a similar application has previously been submitted to this or any other funding body.

Applications submitted to other NIHR programmes

Where this application or a similar one has been submitted to this or another NIHR programme or elsewhere please complete the necessary information. We are keen to know if the application has been submitted elsewhere and you must be as open about this as possible. This includes, but is not limited to, any facts that, should they come to light at a future date, would embarrass either the programme or the individual who withheld the fact (e.g. if a member of the team holds a patent or has a financial interest within the research area).

Failure to disclose accurately or fully will be considered by the programme as academic misconduct and treated accordingly. You should also include in this section information on whether this or a similar application has been submitted to any programme previously, or to any other funder including other NIHR programmes. You should name, and provide dates and outcomes of these.

Please indicate whether you hold or have ever held an NIHR programme contract which has been terminated prior to completion, extended in time or in terms of funding.

The Research Team

Specify your (lead applicant) role in this research (max. 100 words)

Explain in addition to your role as Lead Applicant, the role that you will be undertaking in the research, e.g. co-ordination and project management, analysis, methodological input etc.

%FTE Commitment

This refers to the percentage of your time that you will commit to this project. If you are funded as part of other NIHR projects that will be running concurrently, your time must not exceed 100% overall.

Joint Lead Applicant

Where appropriate and justified it is acceptable for the application to be led by joint Lead Applicants. Where this applies, please complete your name, contact details and other requested information.

Justification for Joint Lead Applicant (max. 250 words).

Justification should be given to demonstrate why more than one person would be required to lead this research and how this brings added value to the application.

Relevant expertise and experience of joint Lead Applicant (max. 250 words). 

Please summarise the proposed Joint Lead Applicant’s relevant expertise and track record in applied health research or social care research, in terms of skills and experience, previous publications, grant funding and impact on health service or social care provision.

Specify role in research (max. 75 words).

Please provide a brief overview of the Joint Lead Applicant’s role in the proposed research. There is an opportunity to elaborate upon this further in the ‘Detailed Research Plan’ section.

%FTE Commitment

This refers to the percentage of your time that you will commit to this project. If you are funded as part of other NIHR projects that will be running concurrently, your time must not exceed 100% overall.


Add details of all co-applicants and their specific role in the programme. Do not include collaborators, who should be mentioned (if necessary) in the Detailed Research Plan section of the form. Co-applicants are those individuals with responsibility for the day to day management and delivery of the project. Co-applicants, including public co-applicants, are considered part of the project team and are expected to share responsibility for its successful delivery. In contrast, collaborators normally provide specific expertise on particular aspects of the project but who do not share in the responsibility for the delivery of the project.

Allow sufficient time for your co-applicants to complete their sections of the online form before the application deadline.

Please note: For application/contracting purposes, the joint lead applicant will be counted as a co-applicant.

Scientific Abstract (max. 500 words)

Not required. Please enter Not Applicable in this field of the online application.

Plain English Summary (max. 450 words)

A plain English summary is a clear explanation of your PRU proposal.

Many reviewers use this summary to inform their review of your funding application. They include clinicians, other practitioners and researchers who do not have specialist knowledge of your field as well as members of the public. If your application for funding is successful, the summary will be used on the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and other websites.

A good quality plain English summary providing an easy to read overview of your whole study will help:

  • those carrying out the review (reviewers and committee members) to have a better understanding of your research proposal
  • inform others about your research such as members of the public, health and social care professionals, policy makers and the media
  • the research funders to publicise the research that they fund.

If it is felt that your plain English summary is not clear and of a good quality then you may be required to amend it prior to final funding approval.
It is helpful to involve patients / carers / service users / practitioners and members of the public in developing a plain English summary.

When writing your summary consider including the following information where appropriate:

  • overall vision of the PRU, including aims and objectives
  • approach to developing a programme of work
  • ways of working e.g. including how you would work with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Liaison Officer for the Unit based within the Science, Research and Evidence Directorate, and relevant analysts and policy makers
  • patient and public involvement
  • dissemination approaches.

The plain English summary should be written for a lay audience and avoid jargon and we ask that you do not cut and paste from other sections of your application form to create the plain English summary.

Further guidance on writing in plain English is available online at NIHR Plain English summaries.

For further support and advice on writing a plain English summary, please contact your local Research Design Service (where applicable).

Changes from First stage - Responses to Panel Feedback (Max 3,700 words)

Please list the feedback received at first stage and against each comment provide your response and indicate what has changed in your application as a result.

Please describe and explain any additional changes that have been made to this proposal since the stage 1 application.

Please note: As indicated in your panel feedback letter from stage 1, you are requested to provide a risk register (and associated narrative) as a separate document in the uploads at the end of your application.

Detailed research plan (max 7,000 words)

The content of your stage 1 application research plan will be pulled through to this section. Please make any adjustments necessary (e.g. in response to the panel feedback).

We are not expecting a large increase in wordcount in this section. Schematics, tables, illustrations, graphs, and other types of graphics can be embedded to clarify the Unit’s plan but they should not clutter the central narrative. While images do not count towards the overall word count, inclusion to overcome word limits is not permitted. Images may only be included within this section. They will be removed from other sections and not seen by reviewers.

For reference, the guidance provided previously for completion of this section was as follows:

Please describe the overall approach you will take to meet DHSC’s requirements for this call, referring to the overarching PRU invitation to tender and the individual Unit specification for which you are applying. Please set out your vision for the Unit and how you will work with Liaison Officers, policymakers and analysts from DHSC and Arms Length Bodies, ensuring you address the call selection criteria and requirements in the order set out below: 

Expertise. Please describe:

  • how the PRU Director is suitably qualified and experienced to lead a PRU and what leadership, management and advisory arrangements will be in place;
  • the PRU team's track record in the appropriate research area/s;
  • the applicants’ track record in leading and adapting in complex and changing environments;
  • the PRU team’s breadth of expertise in a range of disciplines appropriate to the areas of research set out in the Unit specification and cross-cutting themes.
  • Applicants should demonstrate their ability to draw on others for specific work outside the core expertise or capacity of the group, as necessary.

Capacity, resourcing and programme management. Please describe:

  • how the team will offer the capacity to deliver an agreed programme of work to high quality and provide a rapid response facility as outlined in the specification;
  • the roles of the team members, explaining their added value to the Unit;
  • the proposed Unit management and support arrangements (the appointment of a dedicated PRU Administrator is strongly recommended);
  • the key anticipated risks to the successful delivery of PRU research, outlining appropriate mitigations.

Understanding of context and needs. Please provide evidence of:

  • the team’s ability and understanding of how to engage with policy makers and address their needs via research (including ability to adapt to changing priorities);
  • the team’s awareness of research that is relevant to health, public health and social care policy and service delivery in England and pertinent to the Unit in question.

Collaboration and capability building. Please describe:

  • how the team will support collaborative and offer flexible working arrangements with the Department and its Arms Length Bodies to agree programmes of research and responsive projects, adjusting plans to support policy timeframes as required;
  • suggested strategies for working collaboratively, both within and across units, on cross cutting themes for example, and for linking up and developing synergies with other NIHR funded initiatives;
  • the approaches that will be used to increase capacity and capability for research in key areas.

Equality, diversity and inclusion. Applicants should demonstrate:

  • their understanding of, and commitment to, equality, diversity and inclusion principles,with regard to both the configuration of the PRU team and the research carried out;
  • their understanding of health inequalities within the relevant PRU topic area, and identify opportunities for addressing these.

Patient and public involvement and engagement. The application should include:

  • a strategic approach to PPIE that aligns with, and supports the delivery of, the objectives of the Unit;
  • a description of how PPIE features in the organisational structure and governance of the Unit itself. Leadership and reporting arrangements should be adequate and likely to ensure meaningful PPIE contribution to the delivery of the Unit’s strategic objectives.


  • Please describe planned approaches to dissemination and stakeholder engagement for the PRU.

Value for money

  • Please justify the funding requested and explain how these costs offer best value for money.

Patient and Public Involvement - PPI (max. 900 words)

Please describe how patients/service users, carers and the public have been involved in developing this proposal (max. 350 words). You should describe who has been involved and why this is appropriate, what role(s) they have played and what influence or change has happened as result of their involvement

Please describe the ways in which patients/service users, carers and the public will be actively involved in the proposed research, including any training and support provided (max. 350 words).

In addition to what you have included in your Detailed Research Plan please expand further on the following in the PPI sections of the application:

  • Explain why your approach to patient and public involvement is appropriate for this proposal. In your description you will need to say who will be involved and why.
  • Please use this opportunity to describe more fully how you plan to manage and coordinate the patient and public involvement activities in your PRU.
  • Describe how you will support and enable patients/service users, carers, the public and members of relevant communities to contribute to your research (e.g. access, payments, training).
  • We would also encourage you to outline plans for the capturing, evaluating and reporting the impact of patient and public involvement activities.
  • Indicate what partners and collaborators you anticipate will be involved in the delivery of PPI for the PRU.

More resources to support the design of your PPI are available in our guidance on the NIHR website.

PPI Lead

There should be a named person with appropriate skills and experience who is responsible for leading the PPI for the PRU. This role should be an adequately costed and resourced team member who is able to manage the PPI plans and related activities.  More information and examples of the activities a PPI lead might undertake can be found in our guidance on the NIHR website.

In rare cases where proposals do NOT involve patients/service users, carers and the public, clear justification must be provided (max. 200 words).

Complete/justify as necessary. 

Detailed Budget

Detailed Budget Breakdown

The finance section should provide a breakdown of costs associated with delivering the work of the PRU as described in the proposal (adhering to budget limits of the call).Please refer to the guidance on how to complete the finance section of funding applications for information about how to complete this section of the application form.

You are invited to provide an additional narrative to justify key cost items and demonstrate value for money within the “Justification of costs” box within this section.

For help with estimating PPI costs please see the NIHR Payments Guidance for researchers and professionals.

Programme specific information

Please note for the NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP), cost items for all organisation types should be listed at 100 percent of the cost value. PRP will provide up to 100% for HEIs Direct and and Indirect cost and up to 100% for NHS direct costs. PRP does not provide payment for NHS indirect research costs.

General information

The information entered in this section should provide an analysis of the total funds requested to undertake the research proposed and should be based on current prices. These costs will be used to assess value for money.

It is in your best interest to undertake a thorough, realistic and accurate costing. Where an outline/stage 1 application has been produced and this is the full stage (2) application, the assessment committee will pay close attention to any material changes to costs. You must provide a clear and full justification for all costs including NHS costs. You must also ensure that you include all costs including those required to secure good research management.

  • Costs must be provided at current prices. An adjustment for inflation will be made annually thereafter at rates set by the Department of Health and Social Care. Whilst allowances for incremental increases should be included on the form, nationally or locally agreed pay increases should be excluded.
  • Years should be calculated starting from the anticipated start date of the proposed research. For example, if your research is expected to start on 01 January 2024 then its second year starts 01 January 2025.
  • Further itemisation of costs and methods of calculation may be requested to support the application at a later date.
  • Payments will be made to the contracted organisation only and the contracted organisation will be responsible for passing on any money due to their partner organisation(s).
  • Appropriate sub-contracts must be put in place for any element of the research which is to be paid to another organisation.
  • NHS support costs, including costs for Social Care research are funded via Clinical Research Networks. Researchers should contact their local NHS R&D department initially and, if they are unable to help directly or if there is no local NHS R&D department, contact the Local Clinical Research Network (LCRN) senior manager for advice on NHS support costs. Further details about LCRN contacts are available on the NIHR LCRN website.
  • All applications are expected to have appropriate NHS, HEI, commercial and other partner organisation input into the finance section of the application form.
  • Non commercial led Awards (e.g. NHS, HEI etc.) will be paid via BACS transfer payment schedules. The NIHR will release funds net of VAT as Research and Development is considered VAT exempt. There are some cost items within an application which may incur VAT, such as equipment or subcontractors. If the applying organisation is unable to claim back the VAT on these items (e.g., maybe they are not VAT registered) then applicants can charge the gross value to the application.
  • Commercial led awards will be paid via invoicing. It is up to the company to decide if it is appropriate to apply VAT on the invoice. If the company decides to apply VAT, then DHSC will pay the invoice and claim back the VAT. We recommend that applicants seek advice from VAT experts within their organisation before applying.

Please note that whilst the applicable percentages will be used to calculate the maximum grant payable, the programme reserves the right to award a grant for less than this maximum where it is considered appropriate.

Information on different types of organisations

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) should determine the Full Economic Cost (FEC) of their research using the Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) methodology. For HEIs, up to 100% of FEC will be paid, provided that TRAC methodology has been used.

NHS bodies and other providers of NHS services in England

For applications where the contractor is an NHS body or provider of NHS services in England, up to 100% of direct costs will be paid.


If you are a commercial organisation/consultancy, please fill in direct costs and commercial indirect costs. Indirect costs should be charged in proportion to the amount of research staff effort requested on the funding application form. Up to 100% of costs will be paid.

Other partner organisations

If you are another partner organisation (e.g. charity or NGO), please fill in direct costs and other partner organisations indirect costs. Indirect costs should be charged in proportion to the amount of research staff effort requested on the funding application form. Up to 100% of costs will be paid.

Direct costs

These are costs that are specific to the research, which will be charged as the amount actually spent and can be supported by an audit record. They should comprise:

Staff Costs

This section presents an overview of salary and associated on-costs for the applicant(s) contributing to the research, including normal salary increments broken down individually.

Salary costs (apply to years)

This section specifies the annual costs of each applicant contributing to the research. You should now allocate the individual staff member costs to each year of the research, allowing for increments. Use current rates of pay, and build in any known annual increments (again at current rates). You will not be able to claim for pay awards retrospectively, once your research is underway.

Travel, subsistence and conference costs.

This section includes journey costs, subsistence and conference fees. Where applicable, you will need to include the travel and subsistence costs of your project advisory group, steering committee and/or data monitoring & ethics committee. Travel and subsistence costs relating to dissemination should also be included here, as should costs relating to overseas travel.

Journey costs

Enter the total cost of transport for all journeys for destination/purpose.Travel by the most economic means possible is encouraged. NIHR programmes do not usually fund first class travel. If travel is by car, apply your institution’s mileage rates (however this should not exceed HMRC approved mileage allowance payments, which is 45p per mile for the first 10,000 miles and 25p thereafter).


Subsistence covers accommodation (if necessary) and meals associated with the travel, excluding any alcoholic beverages.


Where national or international conference costs are included, a statement naming the conference or purpose of travel and the benefit to the research must also be made; failure to adequately justify your attendance at a conference will mean the NIHR/DHSC will not fund this cost. For research projects of three years or more, the programme will usually fund up to a maximum of two international conference attendances (two people attending one conference or one person attending two conferences). There are no limits on the number of UK conference attendances.


Essential items of equipment plus maintenance and related costs as part of estates should be put in this section. These can be lease or purchase costs. Please note:

  • The purchase cost of pieces of equipment, valued up to £5,000 excluding VAT, will be considered.
  • Pieces of equipment costing more than £5,000 to purchase will usually need to be leased. Where applicants are leasing equipment with a purchase price of more than £5,000, a comparison of leasing versus purchasing costs must be provided in the ‘Justification of Costs’ section.
  • Items of equipment valued at £250 or more must be itemised separately; however grouping same type equipment is permitted.
  • Costs of computers are normally restricted to a maximum of £1000 and a statement of justification must be included in the relevant ‘Justification of Costs’ section for any purchase above this limit.

This section includes non-reusable items specific to the research. Please itemise and describe the requirements fully (e.g. postage, stationery, photocopying). These items should be research specific, not just general office costs which should be covered by indirect costs.

Patient and public involvement

Please itemise and describe fully all patient/service user, carer and public involvement and engagement costs, including items such as individual travel, out of pocket expenses, payment for time and any relevant training and support costs. Please note:

  • Costs related to study participants should not be itemised here.
  • If voluntary, charity or community groups are supporting the research via activities such as facilitating contact with potential participants, hosting research activities or providing advice, an adequate budget must be included to compensate for their time and resources.
  • For further information on budgeting for involvement, please read the NIHR Payments Guidance for researchers and professionals.

Other direct costs

These are costs, not identified elsewhere, that are specifically attributed to the research. For example, external consultancy costs, computer licensing, costs associated with inclusivity (which may include, but are not limited to, justified translation of research participant material into other relevant languages), recruitment and advertising costs, and training specifically for the research team.

Please note that for organisations claiming indirect/overhead costs, costs such as recruitment of staff, and general training (e.g. in common IT packages) are costs that should be covered by the indirect costs element of the award being sought and should not appear in this section.

If external consultancy costs are included in this section they must be fully justified in the ‘Justification of Costs’ section. Please specify the hourly rate and the number of hours and note that consultants must not be people who are already employed by the applicant’s institution. If they are, any costs should be entered as direct costs in the ‘Staff Costs’ and ‘Salary Costs’ sections.

Dissemination Costs

Any large costs should be further detailed. Meetings to share best practice, training events and events to disseminate research findings must be run at the lowest possible cost. ‘Conferences’ which are described as such are not eligible for funding.

Open access costs

Applicants should no longer include open access costs as part of their stage 2 detailed budget Research Costs.

From the 1st of June 2022 all eligible awards contracts issued across NIHR ProgrammesNIHR Personal Awards and NIHR Global Health Research Portfolio will have an Open Access Envelope allocated to them on top of the award value, which is ring-fenced for open access costs of peer reviewed research articles that arise directly from the research funded by the award in question.

Further information can be found by reading the Open Access Funding Guidance.

Indirect costs/overheads

Indirect costs will be charged in proportion to the amount of research staff effort requested on the award.

They comprise:

  • General office and basic laboratory consumables
  • Premises costs
  • Library services/learning resources
  • Typing/secretarial
  • Finance, personnel, public relations and departmental services
  • Usage costs of major research facilities
  • Central and distributed computing
  • Charge out rates for shared equipment
  • Cost of capital employed
NHS bodies or other providers of NHS services indirect costs

NHS indirect costs cannot be claimed through NIHR/DHSC programme funding. NHS bodies or other providers of NHS services have been allocated NIHR Research Capability Funding (RCF) to contribute to the cost of hosting NIHR/DHSC-supported research. For more information please visit the RCF web page.

HEI indirect costs

Please see the Programme Specific Information above.

Commercial/other partner organisation indirect costs

Commercial/other partner organisations can claim indirect costs which are the costs of resources used by the research that are shared by other activities. Please seek advice from your finance department about the appropriate cost for this section.

Total Commercial/other partner organisation indirect costs must be fully justified.

NHS support and treatment costs (incl. excess treatment costs/savings)

Please be aware that the research award does NOT include NHS support and/or treatment Costs.
However, the Panel will take NHS support and/or treatment costs into account when considering the value for money of the research. It is important that you consider these costs and discuss them with the NHS bodies or providers of NHS services involved in order to avoid any delay in commencing the research.

Applicants should contact their local NHS R&D Department initially and if they are unable to help directly, or if there is no local NHS R&D Department, contact their Local Clinical Research Network (LCRN) for advice on NHS Support Costs. Further details about LCRN contacts are available online at Clinical Research Network webpage.

NHS support costs

These are the additional patient care costs associated with the research, which would end once the R&D activity in question has stopped, even if the patient care service involved continues to be provided. These might cover items such as extra patient tests, extra in-patient days and extra nursing attention. Researchers should contact their local NHS R&D department initially and, if they are unable to help directly or if there is no local NHS R&D department, contact the Local Comprehensive Research Network (LCRN) senior manager for advice on NHS support costs. NOTE: Further details about LCRN contacts are available on the LCRN website.

NHS treatment costs

Please read the guidance on the excess treatment costs webpage on the funding of excess treatment costs prior to completing your application.

These are the patient care costs that would continue to be incurred if the patient care service in question continued to be provided after the R&D activity has stopped. In determining NHS treatment costs you must assume that the patient care service being assessed will continue even though there may be no plans for it to do so. Where patient care is being provided which differs from the normal, standard, treatment for that condition (either an experimental treatment or a service in a different location from where it would normally be given), the difference between the total treatment costs and the costs of the “usual standard care" (if any) constitutes excess treatment cost/saving, but is nonetheless part of the treatment cost, not an NHS support or research cost. These costs should be determined in conjunction with your NHS body or provider of NHS services and their commissioners.

Please note: Social care studies are eligible for Clinical Research Network (CRN) support, it does not just apply to NHS based research, and researchers should speak to the CRN and include support costs where relevant. For the purposes of social care studies ‘treatment costs’ should be interpreted as ‘intervention costs’ and should be included in the proposal when needed.
 Further guidance on support and ‘treatment’ costs can be found on the excess treatment costs webpage.

For further information on cost attribution, please see the attributing the costs of health and social care research and development (AcoRD) guidance.

Management and Governance

Is Clinical Trials Authorisation required?

Yes / No

Does your project require ethics approval?

Yes / No

If yes, has ethics approval already been obtained?

Yes / No


Please note that all supporting documentation uploaded should be given concise and clear file name descriptions. These should be headed by a numbered ‘Appendix’ and a brief filename description that clearly describes the file (e.g. Appendix_References).

The following files are mandatory submissions for all applicants, please attach:

  • Diagram representing the overarching leadership, management and advisory structures (on a single A4 page) - this may be similar or an adaptation of the diagram you provided at stage 1
  • Up to two (2) example outline descriptions for potential policy research projects. These outline project descriptions should be a maximum of 1 side of A4 and should illustrate how the applicants would approach research requests within the Unit. Please use the template provided for these outline descriptions. These project descriptions may be similar or an adaptation of those submitted at stage 1
  • A high level risk register with an accompanying narrative as requested in your stage 1 Panel feedback letter. Please use the 2-page template provided
  • One single-side A4 page, listing references used throughout your proposal.

No more than 5 separate files are required for this PRU stage 2 application process. The total file size should not exceed 6Mb. Total file sizes larger than this may not be considered as part of this submission.We strongly recommend that only .doc or .pdf files are uploaded as some file types are not supported by the system (such as .xls and .zip file types which will not render out into the final version of the application form). Should you wish to upload documents of other file types, we encourage you to check that they appear in the PDF of the application form prior to submission as changes cannot be made after the deadline has passed.

Administrative contact details

Please provide the details of an administrative lead as a secondary point of contact for any queries relating to the application, should it be supported.
NOTE: This person does not need to be a co-applicant.

Research and Development office contact details

Please provide the contact details and job title of a person in the R&D office so that we are able to notify them of the outcome of this application including any associated feedback.
NOTE: Please note this person does not need to be included as a co-applicant.

Acknowledgement, review and submit

Conflict checks

Please declare any conflicts or potential conflicts of interest that you or your co-applicants may have, including any facts that, should they come to light at a future date, could lead to a perception of bias. Include any relevant personal, non-personal & commercial interest that could be perceived as a conflict of interest. Examples include (this list is not all encompassing) secondary employment, consultancy, financial or commercial gain (pensions, shareholdings, directorships, voting rights), honoraria, etc. In a case of commercial sector involvement with the application or the study, please state clearly the relationship to ownership of data, access to data, and membership of project oversight groups.

Agreement to terms and conditions

As lead applicant, please tick the box to confirm that the information given on this form is correct and that you will be actively engaged in this research and responsible for its overall management. In addition, you will accept responsibility for ensuring that the host institution and interested parties are kept informed. Ticking this box constitutes an electronic signature of the lead applicant with regard to this application

Ticking this box constitutes an electronic signature of the lead applicant with regard to this application.

Validation summary

A checklist of information to include is provided when submitting a NIHR stage 2 research application. Applicants should click the checkboxes to indicate that they have included the necessary information prior to submitting their application.