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Research for Social Care- Competition 6 Stage 2 Minutes


Published: 12 September 2023

Version: 1.0 September 2023

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Minutes of the Research for Social Care (RfSC) funding committee meeting to discuss applications to Competition 6 Stage 2.

Date and Location

Meeting held Thursday 13 July 2023 Virtually

In Attendance

Funding committee

  • Professor Chris Hatton (Chair)
  • Dr Jenni Brooks
  • Dr Sue Caton
  • Dr Shirley Evans
  • Mr Fran James
  • Professor Frank Keating
  • Professor Brynmor Lloyd Evans
  • Mrs Karen McCormick
  • Dr Ruth McGovern
  • Ms Bridget Penhale
  • Mr Nanik Pursani
  • Professor Claire Surr
  • Professor Ann-Marie Towers
  • Dr Mark Wilberforce
  • Mr Keith Wyncoll


  • Mr Ben Morgan (NIHR)
  • Dr Rifat Mahbub (NIHR)
  • Ms Laura Mason (NIHR)
  • Mx Charlie Delilkan (NIHR)
  • Dr Alex Lewington (NIHR)

Programme Director

  • Professor Sue Ziebland (Programme Director)

Applications considered

NIHR205715: Administrative Fairness in Social Care Needs Assessment
Conflicts: Dr Jenni Brooks, Dr Mark Wilberforce, Professor Ann-Marie Towers and Dr Shirley Evans

Final outcome: Conditional support

NIHR205765: Bridging the gap for services: developing and evaluating an AuTism and Homelessness Toolkit and Training Package (AT-Home)
Conflicts: Ms Caroline Norrie and Professor Brynmor Lloyd Evans

Final outcome: Reject

NIHR205710: Exploring the role of Meals on Wheels in social care in England: a mixed-method study of service provision, use and costs
Conflicts: Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic and Professor Frank Keating

Final outcome: Reject

NIHR205714: Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment in prison (DECISION) care pathway and training package: A realist informed feasibility study
Conflicts: Professor Chris Hatton, Ms Bridget Penhale, Ms Caroline Norrie, Professor Brynmor Lloyd Evans, Dr Ruth McGovern and Professor Ann-Marie Towers

Final outcome: Conditional support

NIHR205697: What kinds of children’s homes work well for which children: a mixed methods study using linked national administrative data.
Conflicts: Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic, Professor Frank Keating and Ms Caroline Norrie

Final outcome: Conditional support

NIHR205732: Improving the safe and timely transition of older people from acute NHS trusts to care homes: a realist review.
Conflicts: Ms Bridget Penhale, Ms Caroline Norrie and Dr Shirley Evans

Final outcome: Reject

NIHR205721: ProMoting diversity in the adult social care workforce: attracting, recruiting and retaining under represENtD staff – The MEND study
Conflicts: Professor Ann-Marie Towers, Professor Claire Surr and Dr Mark Wilberforce

Final outcome: Conditional support

NIHR205700: Domestic abuse and housing: local authorities' provision of safe accommodation for adults living with disabilities and/or long-term/life-limiting illness: a mixed-methods study
Conflicts: Dr Ruth McGovern, Ms Bridget Penhale and Professor Claire Surr

Final outcome: Conditional support

NIHR205625: Mera future ko kya? (What about my future): A qualitative, multi-methods study and linked feasibility study of South Asian young adult carers’ transitions to adulthood
Conflicts: Professor Claire Surr, Professor Chris Hatton, Dr Shirley Evans and Ms Caroline Norrie

Final outcome: Conditional support

NIHR205704: Safeguarding Adults for Empowerment (SAFE) : A qualitative study to develop best practice for involving older people in adult safeguarding processes
Conflicts: Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic, Dr Ruth McGovern, Ms Bridget Penhale and Professor Frank Keating

Final outcome: Conditional support

NIHR205711: Using an interprofessional approach to improve the quality of care in the care home sector
Conflicts: None

Final outcome: Reject

NIHR205766: Music and Older South Asian Adults: Inclusive Care (MOSAIC)
Conflicts: Dr Shirley Evans

Final outcome: Reject

Outcomes Table

Funding Committees score applications on a range of 1-10. This table displays the number of applications awarded each score in the committee meeting. The tables exclude applications that were rejected during the scrutiny and triage processes, and no ranking within columns should be inferred.

RfSC will fund applications that score in the range of 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 that fall below the fundable range (scoring 1-5).

ScoreRangeNumber of applications
9.0 - 10.0 Invited 0
8.0 - 8.9 Invited 2
7.0 - 7.9 Invited 4
6.0 - 6.9 Invited 1
5.0 - 5.9 Rejected 1
4.0 - 4.9 Rejected 2
3.0 - 3.9 Rejected 2
2.0 - 2.9 Rejected 0
1.0 - 1.9 Rejected 0