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Programme Grants for Applied Research - Competition 35 Stage 2 Minutes Committee A


Published: 21 December 2021

Version: 2.0 February 2022

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Minutes of the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Sub-Committee A meeting to discuss stage 2 applications to Competition 35. 

Date and Location

Meeting held on 05 November 2021 via online video meeting

In attendance

Committee Members

Professor Richard Watt (Chair)
Ms Anica Alvarez Nishio
Professor Peter Bower
Professor Catherine Haighton
Professor Matthew Hickman
Professor Claire Hulme
Professor Kelvin Jordan
Professor Gregory Lip
Professor Richard McManus
Mrs Ngawai Moss
Professor Hemant Pandit
Professor Subhash Pokhrel
Professor Isabel Reading
Dr Tom Sanders
Professor Stephanie Taylor

Programme Director

Professor Elaine Hay


Mr Raj Flora (NIHR CCF)
Ms Fiona Giles (NIHR CCF)
Mr Curtis Dixon  (NIHR CCF)
Ms Zaynab Manea (NIHR CCF)


Dr Elaine Kingwell, RDS London 
Ms Jaimee Kervan (NIHR CCF)
Mr James Lee  (NIHR CCF)

Applications considered

NIHR203277: Personalised Care for Early Psychosis
Lead Applicant: Dr Paul French and Professor Belinda Lennox
Conflicts: Professor Richard McManus, Ms Anica Alvarez-Nishio, Dr Tom Sanders, Professor Elaine Hay, Professor Richard Watt, Professor Kelvin Jordan, Professor Peter Bower
Professor Claire Hulme assumed the chair
Outcome: Conditional Support (phased fund)
Professor Richard McManus, Ms Anica Alvarez-Nishio, Dr Tom Sanders, Professor Elaine Hay, Professor Kelvin Jordan and Professor Peter Bower returned

Professor Richard Watt returned and resumed the chair

NIHR203279: RAPID and Efficient Eczema Trials (RAPID programme)
Lead Applicant: Professor Kim Thomas and Mrs Amanda Roberts
Conflicts: Professor Matthew Hickman and Professor Isabel Reading
Outcome: Conditional Support (phased fund) 
Professor Matthew Hickman and Professor Isabel Reading returned

NIHR203289: CARE4CF Trial: Can Airway Clearance be Replaced by Exercise for People with CF?
Lead Applicant: Professor Eleanor Main and Dr Sanja Stanojevic
Conflicts: Dr Elaine Kingwell
Outcome: Reject 
Dr Elaine Kingwell returned

Professor Stephanie Taylor left the meeting

NIHR203684: Digital Sleep Support for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (The DISCA study)
Lead Applicant: Dr Catherine Hill and Professor Samuele Cortese
Conflicts: Professor Richard McManus, Professor Stephanie Taylor, Professor Isabel Reading
Outcome: Conditional Support (phased fund) 
Professor Richard McManus and Professor Isabel Reading returned

Outcomes Table

Funding Committees score applications on a range of 1-10. This table displays the number of applications awarded by mean score. The PGfAR fundable range is 8-10. Applications with a mean score of 6.0-7.9 have the potential to be funded, at the discretion of the Department of Health and Social Care based on recommendations by the Stage 2 and Main Selection Committees.


Mean ScoreRangeNumber of Applications
9.0 - 10.0 Fundable 0
8.0 - 8.9 Fundable 1
7.0 - 7.9 Fundable 2
6.0 - 6.9 Rejected 1
5.0 - 5.9 Rejected 0
4.0 - 4.9 Rejected 0
3.0 - 3.9 Rejected 0
2.0 - 2.9 Rejected 0
1.0 - 1.9 Rejected 0