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.
Following a review in 2019, the scope of the NIHR Programme Development Grants (PDG) scheme has changed:
Our tips 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 PDGs 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.
PDGs has three funding opportunities a year that typically launch in March, July and November. Find out the dates of upcoming funding opportunities.
PDGs have a one stage application process. We offer applicant guidance for both types of PDG: guidance on proposals for preparatory work to develop a future programme of research and guidance on proposals to further develop an existing/ongoing programme of PGfAR research. In either case, applicants should also consult the supporting information for applicants.
Potential applicants can seek advice on their proposal from the programme team through the pre-submission enquiry form.
Programme Development Grants will support preparatory work for a future programme of research, including but not limited to:
PDGs will also support further development of an existing or ongoing programme of research, including but not limited to:
The programme will not support:
Individual grants can be up to £150k for between 12 and 24 months. The amount of funding awarded, however, is determined by the scale and nature of the research activity to be conducted.
The selection criteria our funding committees use for applications to undertake preparatory work to develop a future programme of research are :
The selection criteria our funding committees use to assess proposals to further develop an existing or ongoing programme of research of are:
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 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.
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.
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Minutes of the PGfAR Competition 29 Stage 2 Sub-Committee B
Guidance on completing an application to NIHR Programme Development Grants for developing PGfAR
Guidance on completing an application to NIHR Programme Development Grants for development of existing programme
Guidance on preparing and submitting an Expression of Interest for applicants to the Emergency Response and Preparedness funding call through the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit, Programme Grants for Applied Research and Programme Development Grants funding programmes.
Application success rates for PGfAR and PDG 2010-2019