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Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Sub-Committee A - Minutes of the PGfAR Competition 31 Stage 2


Date and location

26 June 2020 via online video meeting.

In attendance 


Professor Tracy Roberts (Chair)
Professor Marian Knight (Supporting Chair)
Professor Peter Bower
Mrs Hazel Patel
Professor Simon Heller
Dr Karla Hemming
Professor Kelvin Jordan
Professor Hemant Pandit
Professor George Peat
Mrs Angela Ruddock
Dr Miriam Santer


Written comments supplied: 

Professor Borislava (Boby) Mihaylova
Professor Clare Jinks
Dr Liz Glidewell
Professor Claire Hulme
Dr Lisa Hinton
Dr David Meads

Programme Director

Professor Elaine Hay


Mr Raj Flora (NIHR CCF)
Ms Saima Siddiqui (NIHR CCF)
Ms Saprina Harrison (NIHR CCF)
Ms Amrit Mann (NIHR CCF)
Ms Caroline de Winter (NIHR CCF)


Ms Anica Alvarez Nishio


Applications considered

NIHR201620: Integrating genetic testing into the prostate cancer pathway to more precisely guide care, treatment and accelerate clinical trials
Lead Applicant: Professor Ros Eeles
Lead Assessors: George Peat (1), Peter Bower (2)
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Conditional support (phased fund)

NIHR202039: Access to Transplantation and Transplant Outcome Measures in children (ATTOMic)
Lead Applicant: Dr Stephen Marks
Lead Assessors: Miriam Santer (1), Simon Heller (2)
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Reject

NIHR201601: A more responsive GP: an innovative mixed method research programme to transform access to GP services.
Lead Applicant: Professor Catherine Pope
Lead Assessors: Simon Heller (1), Hemant Pandit (2)
Conflicts: Professor Marian Knight and Ms Anica Alvarez Nishio
Outcome: Reject

Professor Marian Knight and Ms Anica Alvarez Nishio returned.

Professor Tracy Roberts left the meeting. Professor Marian Knight chaired the rest of the meeting.

NIHR201585: 'Achieving closure?’ Improving outcomes when care homes close
Lead Applicant: Professor Jon Glasby
Lead Assessors: George Peat (1), Miriam Santer (2)
Conflicts: Dr Karla Hemming
Outcome: Conditional support (phased fund)

Dr Karla Hemming returned.

NIHR202038: A person-centred Needs Informed model of Care for people with HIV (NICHE), to improve wellbeing, mental health and reduce socio-economic disadvantages and stigma.
Lead Applicant: Professor Alison Rodger
Lead Assessors: Peter Bower (1), Hemant Pandit (2)
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Conditional support (phased fund)

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. 

ScoreRangeNumber of applications
9.1-10 Fundable  0
8.1-9 Fundable  1
7.1-8 Fundable  4
6.1-7 Fundable  1
5.1-6 Fundable  0
4.1-5 Rejected  3
3.1-4 Rejected  1
2.1-3 Rejected  0
1.1-2 Rejected  0
0.1-1 Rejected  0