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


Published: 18 January 2022

Version: 2.0 February 2022

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

Date and Location

Meeting held on 03 November 2021 via online video meeting

In attendance

Committee Members

Professor Simon Heller (Chair)
Professor Kate Jolly (Supporting Chair)
Professor Chris Armitage (written comments)
Professor Garry Barton
Professor Vari Drennan
Professor Laura Gray
Reverend Stephen Habgood
Mrs Rita Long
Professor Paula Lorgelly
Professor Richard Martin
Dr Catriona McDaid
Professor Gavin Murphy
Professor George Peat
Professor Mari Carmen Portillo
Professor Simon Skene
Professor Jackie Sturt (written comments)
Professor Carolyn Tarrant
Dr Obioha Ukoumunne

MS Society Members

Professor Jeremy Chataway
Mr Howard Beames

Programme Director

Professor Elaine Hay


Mr Raj Flora (NIHR CCF)
Ms Saima Siddiqui (NIHR CCF)
Ms Saprina Harrison  (NIHR CCF)
Mr Curtis Dixon (NIHR CCF)
Ms Zaynab Manea (NIHR CCF)


Dr Ivonne Solis-Trapala, Keele University
Dr Clare Walton, MS Society


Applications considered

NIHR203290: Developing, optimising and implementing a blended digital self-management tReatmEnt for FatigUe in multiplE scLerosis (REFUEL-MS)
Lead Applicant: Professor Rona Moss-Morris
Conflicts: Professor Simon Heller

Professor Kate Jolly assumed the chair
Outcome: Conditional Support (phased fund)
Professor Simon Heller returned and resumed the chair

Professor Jeremy Chataway, Mr Howard Beames and Dr Clare Walton left the meeting.

NIHR203280: Social Prescribing for people to Live ENjoyably with  Dementia/memory problems In Daily life SPLENDID
Lead Applicant: Professor George Christopher Fox and Dr Jane Cross
Conflicts: Professor Garry Barton, Professor Vari Drennan and Dr Obi Ukoumunne
Outcome: Conditional Support (phased fund) 
Professor Garry Barton, Professor Vari Drennan and Dr Obi Ukoumunne returned

NIHR203283: Optimising the management of blood pressure following hypertensive pregnancy to reduce cardiovascular risk
Lead Applicant: Professor Richard McManus
Conflicts: Professor Simon Heller
Professor Kate Jolly assumed the chair
Outcome: Conditional Support (phased fund) 

Professor Kate Jolly, Professor Gavin Murphy and Professor Carolyn Tarrant left the meeting.

NIHR203291: Co-design and evaluation of a multicomponent intervention in primary care to increase UPTake of pUlmonary RehabilitatioN for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: The UPTURN study
Lead Applicant: Dr Jonathan Fuld
Conflicts: Professor Simon Heller, Professor Gavin Murphy, Professor Kate Jolly, Professor Garry Barton and Professor Carolyn Tarrant

Professor Elaine Hay assumed the chair
Outcome: Reject 
Professor Simon Heller returned and resumed the chair

Professor Laura Gray left the meeting.

NIHR203682: PrimaryBreathe: programme to develop and test a brief remote primary care intervention for chronic breathlessness
Lead Applicant: Dr Anna Spathis and Professor Jonathan Mant
Conflicts: Professor Carolyn Tarrant, Professor Kate Jolly, Professor Gavin Murphy and Professor Laura Gray
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.

Mean ScoreRangeNumber of Applications
9.0 - 10.0 Fundable 1
8.0 - 8.9 Fundable 2
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