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Programme Grants for Applied Research - Competition 30 Stage 2 minutes


Minutes of the Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Sub-Committee A meeting to discuss applications to PGfAR Competition 30 Stage 2.

Date and location

Meeting held 27 February 2020 at ETC Venues, Avonmouth House, 6 Avonmouth Street, London, SE1 6NX.

In attendance

Committee Members

Professor Tracy Roberts (Chair)
Professor Peter Bower
Dr Philip Edge
Professor Steve Gillard
Dr Liz Glidewell
Dr Catherine Haighton
Dr Karla Hemming
Professor Claire Hulme
Professor Borislava Mihaylova
Mrs Hazel Patel
Professor George Peat
Dr Tom Sanders
Dr Miriam Santer


Professor Hemant Pandit (Written comments)
Professor Janet Peacock (Written comments)

Programme Director

Professor Elaine Hay


Mr Rajinder Flora (NIHR Central Commissioning Facility [CCF])
Ms Saima Siddiqui (NIHR CCF)
Dr Ramnath Elaswarapu (NIHR CCF)
Ms Amrit Mann (NIHR CCF)


Professor Stephen Walters (University of Sheffield)
Dr Natasha Newell (NIHR Research Design Service, North East)

Applications  considered

NIHR201038: How are treatment outcomes for people with severe obesity ImPROved by GROUP-based behavioural intervention?
Lead Applicant:
Professor Jonathan Pinkney
Lead Assessors: Miriam Santer (1), Peter Bower (2)
Conflicts: Professor Claire Hulme
Outcome: Conditional support (phased fund)

Professor Claire Hulme returned

NIHR201076: Adapting and testing an intervention for carers of people with dementia-CARECOACH
Lead Applicant: Professor George Christopher Fox
Lead Assessors: Peter Bower (1), George Peat (2)
Conflicts: Dr Catherine Haighton
Outcome: Conditional support (phased fund)

Dr Catherine Haighton returned

NIHR201102: Patients, Families and Health Professionals Working Together to Support Long Term Stroke Self- Management: A Programme to Establish Effectiveness and Implementation of a Group Based Self-Management Intervention in Practice – PROTEA
Lead Applicant: Dr Fiona Jones
Lead Assessors: George Peat (1), Hemant Pandit (2)
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Reject

Professor Peter Bower and Dr Tom Sanders left the meeting.

NIHR201123: Taking DATA-Driven AcTions in generAl practice: an exemplar around optimising antibiotic prescribing (DataData)
Lead Applicant: Professor Tjeerd van Staa
Lead Assessors: Miriam Santer (1), Hemant Pandit (2)
Conflicts: Professor Peter Bower and Dr Tom Sanders

Outcomes table

Funding Committees score applications on a range of 1-10. This table displays the number of applications awarded each score in the committee meeting for PGfAR Competition 30 Stage 2. No ranking within columns should be inferred. PGfAR will fund applications that score in the range of 6-10, although a score of 6-10 does not guarantee funding. In exceptional circumstances and with approval from the Programme Director, applications may be invited/funded that fall below the fundable range (scoring 1-5).

ScoreRangeNumber of applications
10 Fundable  0
9 Fundable  0
8 Fundable  5
7 Fundable  1
6 Fundable  3
5 Rejected  1
4 Rejected  2
3 Rejected  0
2 Rejected  0
1 Rejected  0