NIHR Programme Development Grants (PDG) are designed to enable a research team to carry out targeted preparatory work to develop a competitive Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funding application. They can also be used to further develop an existing or ongoing PGfAR-funded programme of research.
Programme Development Grants (PDGs) are available for researchers to undertake preparatory work to develop a future programme of research. Broad ranging development work is permitted, with less detail required about the future programme of research.
PDGs are also available for researchers to develop and enhance the quality and value of an existing or ongoing Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) award. Applications for such PDGs are only permitted from applicants whose PGfAR contracts are finishing within 12 months or have finished in the past 18 months.
How long and how much?
Individual grants can be up to £150,000 for between 12 and 24 months. The amount of funding awarded, however, is determined by the scale and nature of the research or development activity to be conducted.
If seeking a PDG to develop a future programme of research, applicants can choose whether to enter directly into stage 1 or stage 2 of a future PGfAR funding call.
There is no formal expectation or guarantee that the recipients of PDGs will be successful in obtaining a subsequent Programme Grant award in the future. All future applications for PGfAR will be judged on their own merits against the published criteria.
additional IP exploitation or commercialisation activities
additional secondary data analyses to answer new research questions* (i.e. not questions included in the initial programme)
follow on work to explore other perspectives (e.g. social care) arising from the programme
endeavours to facilitate implementation.
*It is important that, where relevant, all primary analyses are completed and made available in PDG applications requesting funding for dissemination or implementation activities.
The programme will not support:
basic science work underpinning a future programme of exploratory research
stand alone projects of any type. All constituent projects must be solely designed to develop and inform a future full PGfAR application, or further develop an existing programme.
The selection criteria our funding committees use for applications to undertake preparatory work to develop a future programme of research are:
the relevance and importance of the research to be funded via any future PGfAR award to the priorities and needs of the NHS, public health, social care, patients, service users, carers or the wider public
the suitability of the team (either now, or as augmented through PDG funding), including the relevant expertise of the team in conducting high quality applied health and care research
the quality and appropriateness of the development work plan, notably the extent to which it helps develop and inform the proposed future programme
the value for money provided by the application.
The selection criteria our funding committees use to assess proposals to further develop an existing or ongoing programme of research of are:
the relevance and importance of the development work to the priorities and needs of the NHS, public health, social care, patients, service users, carers or the wider public
the likelihood of the development work enabling significant additional benefit to be realised by the NHS, public health, social care, patients, service users, carers or the wider public, above and beyond that attained via the existing or ongoing programme of research
the suitability of the team (which need not include all members of the PGfAR application), including the relevant expertise and track record of the team in conducting high quality applied health and social care research, implementation or knowledge mobilisation activities as appropriate
the quality and appropriateness of the development work planned
Programme Development Grant (PDG) applications are assessed by the Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) main selection committee and a PDG sub-committee.
The PDG and main selection committee is convened for each funding competition, drawing from the Stage 2 subcommittee members.
PDG applications are not sent for peer review; proposals are first assessed by a PDG subcommittee. The outcomes from the PDG subcommittee are then discussed and reviewed by the main selection committee.
The main selection committee recommends projects for funding to the Department of Health and Social Care, which approves which projects should be funded.
Members of NIHR Committees are required to declare any interests which conflict, or may be considered to conflict, with NIHR business, or may be perceived as influencing decisions made in the course of their work within NIHR programmes. All members are asked to complete the Register of Interest form (annually), which is intended to capture long term predictable interests that could be perceived to lead to conflicts of interest. These and other interests are judged on a case by case basis at individual meetings.