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Research Tender: NIHR Programme Development Grants Competition 9

Programme Grants for Applied Research are prestigious awards of up to £2m over a period of three to five years, the aim of which is to: • Provide evidence to improve health outcomes in England through promotion of health, prevention of ill health, and optimal disease management (including safety and quality), with particular emphasis on conditions causing significant disease burden, where other research funders may not be focused, or there is insufficient funding available • Enable NHS trusts to tackle areas of high priority or need • Provide some stability of funding to support the long-term development of top quality applied research groups working in the NHS Although a large number of Programme Grant awards have been made to applications of high quality, a large proportion of the applications reviewed by the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research Selection Panel are significantly flawed. One of the areas of weakness identified by the Selection Panel has been the tendency for applications to be submitted at too early a stage in the development of the research programme. For example, although the application may address an important topic, the applicants fail to provide convincing data on the need for the research, or are unable to demonstrate its practicability by presenting the results of pilot or feasibility studies, or have not assembled a team with the necessary track record. Under these circumstances, the Selection Panel is unable to recommend a Programme Grant award, despite the obvious potential for a high quality research programme in the relevant area. The sole purpose of NIHR Programme Development Grants is to address this problem by providing funding of £20k to £100k (over a period of 6 – 18 months), to enable a research team to develop and refine its research plans, obtain empirical justification for discrete elements of the future programme, or further develop existing collaborative expertise. Successful completion of the development work funded via the Programme Development Grant should enable a research team to position itself for a successful Programme Grant application in a subsequent funding competition. Applicants for NIHR Programme Development Grants will need to: 1. Describe the future programme of research to be undertaken should (later) a Programme Grant be awarded, and 2. Detail the development work to be undertaken, indicating how this would enable the research team to deliver a credible application to the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research funding scheme in due course.

Ref: RDD_133,


Contract value: 20000.00 - 100000.00GBP

Published: 30 Nov 2012, Receipt by: 29 May 2014