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Closing date: 09 September 2020

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Programme Grants for Applied Research - Subcommittee Membership

We are pleased to announce an excellent opportunity has arisen to participate in Programme Grants for Applied Research assessment committees. These prestigious appointments offer senior applied health researchers the chance to take part in and gain experience of making recommendations to NIHR for large scale, high quality programmes of research for the benefit of patients and the NHS.

Sub-Committee Chair - Programme Grants for Applied Research

This appointment offers senior applied health, public health and social care researchers the chance to lead the sub-committees that formally assess applications and subsequently make funding recommendations for large scale, high quality programmes of research for the benefit of patients, service users, carers and the NHS.

Research for Patient Benefit - West Midlands Regional Advisory Committee Chair

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to participate in a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme Regional Advisory Committee (RAC). This appointment offers clinicians and senior applied health and care researchers the chance to take part in and gain experience of chairing committees and making recommendations to NIHR to fund high quality researcher-led projects for the benefit of patients and the NHS.


The RfPB programme is a regionally-based, responsive mode programme that makes awards of up to £350,000 for projects of up to three years in length. The research funded through RfPB is applied and relatively ‘near-term’, with an expectation of clear benefits to patients and the NHS. Find out more about RfPB.

RfPB project application process

A two stage application process is used for proposals submitted to the RfPB programme. Following submission of a formative stage 1 application, applicants will be offered feedback on their proposal, and if deemed competitive, will be invited to submit a stage 2 standard application form. Stage 2 forms will be sent for external peer and public review, followed by assessment by the Regional Advisory Committee, normally within the region in which the host NHS body is based.  Each RAC has a proportion of the national budget based on regional population size.


A Chair is currently being sought for the West Midlands Regional Advisory Committees, with tenure to begin in January 2021.

Candidate profile

Successful candidates will have experience in applied health research in relevant areas as demonstrated through publications, research funding, impact of research on patients and the NHS, and other measures of peer esteem. Experience of taking part in and chairing panels and committees is also desirable.

We do advise applicants to have permission and support from their host institution prior to applying.


RfPB Committee Chair tenure is for two years in the first instance, renewable for a further two years in most cases. Extensions may be exceptionally made for an additional year up to a maximum of five years at the discretion of the Programme Director.

RAC meetings take place three times per year, typically during late January/early February, late May/ early June and late September/early October. Meetings typically last a full day and Committees will be asked to assess both stage 1 and stage 2 applications during each meeting.

All meetings of the RAC take place within the region in which it is based. Chairs receive an honorarium for their commitment to the programme and reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed.

In addition to regular regional meetings, Chairs are invited to an annual RfPB Chairs’ meeting, where programme policies and procedures are reviewed with the Programme Director; these annual meetings normally take place in London during March or April.

How to apply and recruitment timetable

Read the full information about the role here. To obtain an application form, please send an e-mail to quoting reference CCM-RfPB-08/2020 in the subject line. Completed application forms should be submitted via e-mail to by Wednesday 9 September 2020.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be scheduled during September/October 2020 and appointment decisions will be made in October 2020.

If you have any queries or would like more information, please e-mail or call the RfPB programme management team on 020 8843 8057.