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Programme Grants for Applied Research - Competition 36 Stage 2 Minutes Committee A


Published: 05 May 2022

Version: 1.0 May 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 36. 

Date and Location

Meeting held on 04 March 2022 at British Medical Association, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP

In attendance

Committee Members

Professor Jonathan Mant (Chair) 
Professor Ricahrd Watt (Supporting Chair)
Ms Anica Alvarez Nishio
Professor Claire Hulme
Professor Matthew Hickman
Professor Khalida Ismail
Professor Kelvin Jordan
Professor Eileen Kaner
Professor Richard McManus
Dr David Meads
Professor Isabel Reading
Professor Miriam Santer
Professor Stephanie Taylor
Professor Kavita Vedhara
Ms Mavis Wenham 

Programme Director

Professor Elaine Hay


Mr Raj Flora (NIHR CCF)
Ms Lauren Back (NIHR CCF)
Ms Sarah Thompson (NIHR CCF)
Ms Zaynab Manea (NIHR CCF)
Ms Emily Griffiths (NIHR CCF)


Professor Anthony Avery, University of Nottingham
Professor Carmel Hughes, Queen’s University of Belfast
Professor Glenn Robert, King's College London


Professor Steve Gillard (written comments provided)
Mrs Ngawai Moss (written comments provided)
Professor Stephen Walters (written comments provided)

Applications considered

NIHR203666: HarnEssing Artificial intelligence to Lead Transformative Healthcare (HEALTH)
Lead Applicant: Mr Robert Slight
Conflicts: Professor Eileen Kaner and Professor Anthony Avery
Outcome: Reject 

NIHR203667: Developing and testing an intervention for shiftwork sleep disorder in NHS workers
Lead Applicant: Professor David Ray
Conflicts: Professor Claire Hulme, Professor Miriam Santer, Professor Richard McManus, Professor Isabel Reading and Professor Stephanie Taylor
Outcome: Conditional Support (phased fund)

Professor Kavita Vedhara left the meeting.
Professor Richard Watt assumed the chair.

NIHR203681: The 6-STEP AMICABLE Programme: Addressing Mental health In Custody A Brief Learning Environment:  A peer-led 6-step problem-solving intervention using an interrupted time series and integrated matched cohort study design.
Lead Applicant: Dr Amanda Perry
Conflicts: Professor Kavita Vedhara
Outcome: Conditional Support (phased fund)


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.


MeanRangeNumber of applications
9.0 - 10.0 Fundable 0
8.0 - 8.9 Fundable 1
7.0 - 7.9 Fundable 1
6.0 - 6.9 Potentially Fundable 0
5.0 - 5.9 Rejected 1
4.0 - 4.9 Rejected 0
3.0 - 3.9 Rejected 0
2.0 - 2.9 Rejected 0
1.0 - 1.9 Rejected 0