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Programme Grants for Applied Research - Competition 37 Stage 1 Minutes


Published: 25 January 2022

Version: 1.0 - January 2022

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Minutes of the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funding committee meeting to discuss stage 1 applications to Competition 37

Date and Location

Meeting held on 06 January 2022 via online video meeting

In attendance

Committee Members

Professor Simon Heller (Chair)
Professor Kate Jolly (Supporting Chair)
Ms Anica Alvarez Nishio
Professor Matthew Hickman
Mr Philip Hurst
Professor Jonathan Mant
Professor Richard Martin
Professor Gavin Murphy
Professor George Peat
Professor Mari Carmen Portillo
Mrs Angela Ruddock
Professor Richard Watt

Programme Director

Professor Elaine Hay


Dr Katie Cook (NIHR CCF)
Ms Saima Siddiqui (NIHR CCF)
Mr Ian Beason(NIHR CCF)
Ms Saprina Harrison (NIHR CCF)
Mr Curtis Dixon (NIHR CCF)
Ms Emily Griffiths (NIHR CCF)
Ms Sadika Aktar (NIHR CCF)


Professor Fliss Murtagh (written comments provided)
Ms Sarah Thompson (NIHR CCF)
Dr Manavi Maharshi, RDS Advisor SE

Applications considered

NIHR204013: Treating persecutory delusions successfully: enabling patients with psychosis to receive the most effective psychological therapy
Lead Applicant: Professor Daniel Freeman
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Shortlisted to Stage 2

NIHR204148: Optimising cultural expeRIences for mental health in marGinalised young people onlINe (ORIGIN)
Lead Applicant: Dr Rebecca Sheriff
Conflicts: Ms Anica Alvarez Nishio, Professor Simon Heller
Professor Kate Jolly assumed the chair
Outcome: Shortlisted to Stage 2

Professor Simon Heller resumed as Chair

NIHR204149: TOBERMORAE a Technological, Organisational, Behavioural and Motivational intervention to Reduce Asthma Exacerbations; facilitated dashboard-based audit and feedback to support primary care teams reduce asthma exacerbations: cluster trial of a complex intervention in an English sentinel network
Lead Applicant: Professor Simon Lusignan
Conflicts: Ms Anica Alvarez Nishio, Professor Jonathan Mant
Outcome: Reject

NIHR204150: Optimising EXercise adherencE with Digital physiothErapy (EXEDE)
Lead Applicant: Professor James Selfe
Conflicts: Professor George Peat, Professor Kate Jolly, Professor Simon Heller, Mrs Angela Ruddock
Professor Richard Watt assumed the chair
Outcome: Reject 

Professor Simon Heller resumed the chair

NIHR204151: Enabling personalisation in dementia care: evidence, training and realist evaluation - EPICENTRE
Lead Applicant: Professor Linda Clare
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Reject

NIHR204152: Development of a toolkit and decision support tool to facilitate Deprescribing of Preventative medications In patients with Limited Life expectancy (D-PILL)
Lead Applicant: Dr Rupert Payne
Conflicts: Professor Richard Martin, Professor Jonathan Mant, Ms Anica Alvarez Nishio, Professor Matthew Hickman
Professor Kate Jolly assumed the chair
Outcome: Reject

NIHR204154: A programme to develop, validate & deploy a cost-effective machine learning platform for bespoke mitigations to reduce patient backlogs due to aerosol-based transmission of respiratory diseases
Lead Applicant: Professor Laurence Lovat
Conflicts: Professor Matthew Hickman 
Outcome: Shortlisted to Stage 2

NIHR204155: Improving the delivery of communication focussed support by staff working with adults with intellectual disability in adult social care
Lead Applicant: Dr Vicky Slonims
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Shortlisted to Stage 2

Professor Simon Heller resumed the chair

NIHR204156: Optimising outcomes in pregnant women with epilepsy and their babies: Reducing maternal seizure risks and assessing long-term safety of antiepileptic drugs
Lead Applicant: Professor Shakila Thangaratinam
Conflicts: Professor Kate Jolly
Outcome: Shortlisted to Stage 2


Outcomes Table 

Funding Committees score applications on a range of 1-10. This table displays the median score for each application that was assessed in the Stage 1 assessment committee meeting. At Stage 1, an application scoring in the range is 8 -10 is invited to Stage 2. Applications with a median score of 6  or 7 have the potential to be invited to Stage 2, at the discretion of the Committee. In exceptional circumstances and with approval from the Programme Director, applications may be invited which fall below the potentially invite to Stage 2 range.


Median ScoreRangeNumber of Applications
9.0 - 10.0 Invited to Stage 2 0
8.0 - 8.9 Invited to Stage 2 2
7.0 - 7.9 Invited to Stage 2 1
6.0 - 6.9 Invited to Stage 2 / Rejected 3
5.0 - 5.9 Rejected 2
4.0 - 4.9 Rejected 1
3.0 - 3.9 Rejected 0
2.0 - 2.9 Rejected 0
1.0 - 1.9 Rejected 0