Programme Development Grants

National Institute for Health and Care Research HTA HSDRApplications are now invited to apply for Programme Development Grant (PDG) funding. 

Programme Development Grants are available for researchers to undertake preparatory work to develop a future programme of research (Stream A). PDGs are also available for researchers to develop and enhance the quality and value of an ongoing or recently completed Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) award (Stream B).

We are pleased to announce that Stream B now has an expanded scope by introducing the opportunity for existing award holders, to apply for funding whilst the research is on going to conduct additional linked research of strategic importance to NIHR (e.g., methodological research, public/community engagement, issues related to EDI, linked social care perspectives etc). To aid capacity building, we will particularly welcome this type of Stream B applications led by early or mid-career researchers.

As an existing PGfAR award holders you may apply for one PDG Stream B award at any time during the course of your programme (once your research contract for the main award has been signed), and a further PDG Stream B award in the latter phases (up to 18 months after the contract end date). A maximum of two PDG Stream B awards are permitted.

Individual awards are for a maximum of £150k over a period of 12 – 24 months. The amount of funding awarded, however, is determined by the scale and nature of the research activity to be conducted.

Applications to PDG are made with the support of an NHS body and other providers of NHS services in England. If an application is successful, a contract will be placed with that organisation for delivery of the research and all funds for the research will be paid to the NHS organisation or other provider of NHS services.

The submission deadline for applications is 13:00 on 12 January 2023.

Highlight notices

PDG is currently participating in the following highlight notices:

Please note that PDG’s researcher led calls are open to all relevant research areas, and do not just include Themed Calls and Highlight Notices. If you are responding to a themed call, highlight notice or NIHR wide call, please indicate this in the application form in Section ‘Detailed Development Work Plan’, Question 1 ‘Background and Rationale’.

*This document is to be used as a guide and to assist with completion of the online application form only. Please do not try to use this as an application form. You must apply using the online form available through the ‘Apply Now’ link, available when calls are open.

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