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Vacancy details

Closing date: 31 October 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 prestigious 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. 


The Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme makes significant awards of flexible funding and duration. A typical programme grant supports strong teams of researchers to undertake a number of clearly inter-related and inter-dependent workstreams drawing on a range of methods. The research is applied and relatively ‘near-term’, with an expectation of clear benefits to patients, service users, carers, and the health and social care systems.  There are three competitions each year (announced in February, June and October). Read more about PGfAR

Applications undergo a two-stage assessment process. Applicants to the first stage whose proposals are judged to have a high chance of success are invited to submit a Stage 2 (full) application. In each round, a single sub-committee meets to assess Stage 1 proposals. Meetings are held in May, September and January in London and last the whole day. Four sub-committees assess stage 2 applications (however depending on the number of Stage 2 applications we may not convene all sub-committees every competition).

The Vacancy

The Programme Grants for Applied Research programme has four sub-committee chairs, one of which is now available. 

Candidate Profile

Applicants are expected to be recognised nationally and internationally as leaders in applied health and social care research, as judged by high quality publications, major research funding, demonstrable impact of their research on patients, service users, carers and the health and social care systems, and other measures of peer esteem. We advise applicants to have permission and support from their host institution prior to applying.


Tenure is for four years.  Extensions may be made for an additional two years up to a maximum of six years at the discretion of the Programme Director. Reapplication is only permissible after a two-year period has elapsed.

An honorarium is payable and all out of pocket expenses, including travel and overnight accommodation, are reimbursed where appropriate

Interviews will take place in early December 2020 in a central London location or via Zoom, depending on COVID-19 government guidelines.

How to Apply?

Read the full information for applicants and download an application form. Completed applications should be submitted via e-mail to quoting CH/2020 in the subject.

If you have any queries or would like more information, please e-mail or call 020 8843 8056.