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Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Sub-Committee A - Minutes of the PGfAR Competition 30 Stage 2




PGfAR Competition 30 Stage 2 Sub-Committee A

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


Present 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 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)

PGfAR applications to be considered

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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
    Outcome: Reject

Outcomes table

This table displays the average score for each application that was assessed in the Stage 2 committee meeting. No ranking within columns should be inferred. The PGfAR fundable range is 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 which fall below the fundable range. 


Fundable Range

Rejected Range












Stage 2