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Programme Grants for Applied Research

NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) were established in 2006 to produce independent research findings that will have practical application for the benefit of patients and the NHS in the relatively near future.

Nested within the PGfAR programme is the Programme Development Grants scheme. A recent initiative, its primary purpose is to allow investigators to undertake preparatory research that will position them to submit a competitive Programme Grant application.

Director's message

New Programme Director, Paul Little, releases his inaugural Director's message. In it, he details important and significant changes to the Programme. Read message.

Paul elaborates on the new changes to the programme in this video podcast.

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit and Programme Grants team up with the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme 

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) and Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) have teamed up with the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme in order to encourage the flow of research along the research pathway across appropriate NIHR research programmes. The HTA programme is seeking Expressions of Interest from RfPB and PGfAR grant award holders to apply for a subsequent study that builds on their currently funded research.

Further details on the opportunity can be found on the
funding opportunities website

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 4 June 2014.

Journals Library

The NIHR is the world’s first health research funder to publish comprehensive accounts of its commissioned research within its own publicly and permanently available journal series. The NIHR Journals Library comprises a suite of five open access peer-reviewed journals reporting results from a range of health research areas.

All journals in the NIHR Journals Library are open access and are free to view and download online (print copies can be purchased from the individual report pages).

We are pleased to announce that the first two issues of the new NIHR journal Programme Grants for Applied Research have been published. Read more.

Long-term Conditions in Children and Young People Themed Call

The NIHR is issuing a call for evaluative research for long-term conditions in children and young people. The research should aim to provide the evidence base to improve the health outcomes for children and young people that result from long-term conditions. The call is in support of the annual report of the Chief Medical Officer 2012 entitled “Our Children Deserve Better: Prevention Pays”.

This call is a key component of the NIHR response to the need for further research-based evidence for long-term conditions in children and young people up to the age of 25 through:

• supporting capacity building across a wide range of disciplines working with children's health and disabilities;

• increasing the volume of high-quality research on the efficacy, effectiveness, delivery and organisation of interventions and services for children and young people.

For further information please visit the themed call website.

Applications for this call are now open – please see our How to apply page for more information. A sample application form for reference purposes is also available as a PDF download.

Final funding decisions will be made March 2015.

Antimicrobial Resistance Themed Call

The NIHR Antimicrobial Resistance themed call is for research into the evaluation of public health measures, health care interventions and health services to reduce the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance and consequent morbidity.

This call for research is part of a coordinated response by the NIHR to the publication of the 2nd volume of the 2011 Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer: Infections and the rise of antimicrobial resistance.

Both the PGfAR and PDG Programmes are participating in this call for research. These competitions are now closed.

Further information on this call is available online at www.themedcalls.nihr.ac.uk/amr.

News and Communications

Programme Grants for Applied Research: six competitions, 100 awards

A review of Programme Grants for Applied Research is now available to download. The review provides an overview of the programme and the application process and reviews the outcomes of the first six competitions.

The review also features case studies from eight researchers who have been awarded Programme Grants across a broad range of health research, including dementia, children's medicines, diabetes and trauma.

You can download a PDF copy of the review by clicking on the link to the right.

Other news and communications

You can subscribe to RSS feeds on the NIHR home page for news and calls.

For an overview of all research programme call dates visit the CCF calls page.

Funding opportunities 

For upcoming dates and deadlines for current Programme Grant calls and competitions please click here.

Programme Development Grants

For details of calls and to establish if a Programme Development Grant could help you please click here.

Funded Programme Grants

To see examples of NIHR research funded through the Programme Grants scheme please click here.

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