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NIHR Programme Development Grants (PDG) are available to carry out targeted preparatory work to strengthen a future full Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funding award.
Programme Development Grants are designed to to position and equip a research team in submitting a competitive research proposal to PGfAR in the future.
Proposals for Programme Development Grants should:
Our tips and directors' notes on applying for PGfAR identify key issues that should be considered when describing your proposed programme of research, in conjunction with the development work that you wish to undertake with funding from the PDG funding scheme.
There is no formal expectation or guarantee that the recipients of Programme Development Grants will be successful in obtaining a subsequent Programme Grant award in the future. All applications for PGfAR will be judged on their own merits against the published criteria.
Programme Development Grants have three funding opportunities a year that typically launch in February, June and October. Find out the dates of upcoming funding opportunities.
Programme Development Grants will support:
The programme will not support:
Individual grants can be between £20k - £100k over a period of six to eighteen months. The amount of funding awarded, however, is determined by the scale and nature of the research activity to be conducted.
The selection criteria used our funding committees include:
Programme Development Grant applications are assessed by the PGfAR main selection committee and its Stage 2 subcommittees.
The Stage 2 subcommittees are standing committees, whereas a main selection committee is convened for each funding competition.
PDG applications are not sent for peer review; proposals are first assessed by Stage 2 subcommittees. The outcomes from each Stage 2 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 PGfAR committees are required to declare any interests which conflict, or may be considered to conflict, with PGfAR programme business, or may be perceived as influencing decisions made in the course of their work within the PGfAR programme. 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.
Professor Elaine Hay is Programme Director of NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research.
Professor Tracy Roberts is Chair of NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research subcommittee A.
Professor Jonathan Mant is Chair of NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research subcommittee B.
Professor Kate Jolly is Chair of NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research subcommittee C.
Professor Marian Knight is Chair of NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research subcommittee D.
We offer a wide variety of assistance during all stages of the research process. If in doubt, please get in touch.
Tel: 020 8843 8056
Our operating hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm
Mr Rajinder Flora
Senior Programme Managers
Dr Shaun McMaster
Dr Katie Cook
Miss Emma Thompson
Dr Michelle Edye
Ms Fiona Giles
Dr Ramnath Elaswarapu
Ms Saima Siddiqui
Ms Saprina Harrison
Ms Mandy Norton
NIHR Central Commissioning Facility
15 Church Street
Twickenham TW1 3NL
Members of NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research Subcommittee D.
Members of NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research Subcommittee A.
Members of NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research Subcommittee B.
Members of NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research Subcommittee C.
Application success rates for PGfAR and PDG funding schemes 2010-2019