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Programme Grants for Applied Research - Competition 31



Supporting Information

*This document is to be used as a guide and to assist with completion of the online application form only. Please do not try to use this as an application form. You must apply using the online form available through the above RMS link, available when calls are open. 

Applications are invited for Stage 1 research proposals to develop individual programmes. Research funded through a Programme Grant typically consists of an interrelated group of high quality projects focused on a coherent theme and hence require multidisciplinary approaches, including clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and behavioural sciences, to ensure that research objectives can be met. The amount awarded and the length of the funding period will depend on the nature of the proposed work, in particular whether or not the proposal includes a substantial powered trial.

Applications to PGfAR are made with the support of an NHS body and other providers of NHS services in England. If an application is successful, a contract will be placed with that organisation for delivery of the research and all funds for the research will be paid to the NHS organisation or other provider of NHS services.

The submission deadline for applications is 1pm on 27 November 2019.

Highlight notices and themed calls

Programme Grants for Applied Research is currently participating in the following highlight notice:

  • Brain Tumours

PGfAR Competition 31 is part of a programme specific call which invites programmes of research that use a diverse range of methodologies to address important health and social care questions. For more information see

PGfAR are delighted to be partnering with Versus Arthritis in the pain themed call to address its Pain Roadmap priorities in arthritis disease management and applied health research. Further information on Versus Arthritis co-funding can be found in the co-funding brief.

For further details, please visit the themed calls page.