Programme Development Grants are designed to increase the rate and number of successful applications for a full Programme Grant.
They are a response to an observation that some otherwise very promising applications had been unsuccessful because parts of the proposed programme were considered to be too insecure and hence would be too risky for a substantial programme grant.
Programme Development Grants provide a mechanism to address and rectify such weaknesses by supporting the completion of the necessary preparatory work to suitably position the research team to submit a competitive Stage 2 Programme Grant application.
Programme Development Grants may include the following:
- Selection or development of interventions or outcomes of measure.
- Pilot/feasibility studies to determine recruitment and participation retention rates, inform sample size calculations, optimise delivery of the intervention, etc.
- Strengthening existing collaborations with methodological experts necessary to deliver the proposed programme.