Programme Grants for Applied Research – Competition 30

Applications are invited for Stage 1 research proposals to develop individual programmes. Research funded through a Programme Grant typically consists of an interrelated group of high quality projects focused on a coherent theme and hence require multidisciplinary approaches, including clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and behavioural sciences, to ensure that research objectives can be met. The amount awarded and the length of the funding period will depend on the nature of the proposed work, in particular whether or not the proposal includes a substantial powered trial.

The NIHR programmes currently have the following highlight notice and themed calls open:

Highlight Notice:

Brain Tumours. This highlight notice indicates the continuing interest of NIHR in receiving research proposals in this area, and it encourages collaborative applications that demonstrate how they build on recent initiatives and investment in the area made by the NIHR, the MRC and other research funders.

Themed Calls:

Frailty – ‘Improving the outcomes of health and social care for frail people and their carers’  – Proposals are invited for health and social care research that slows or prevents further declines in health, or supports/promotes healthy ageing, independence, and wellbeing. Research should take into account the wider health and social care needs of the individual and their family or other carers.

Pain – ‘The management of chronic pain’ – Proposals are invited that address the management of chronic pain. A wide range of different interventions may be used in the management of chronic pain, including pharmacological, psychological, physical, surgical and other forms of therapy. PGfAR are delighted to be partnering with Versus Arthritis in this themed call to address its Pain Roadmap priorities in arthritis disease management and applied health research. Further information on Versus Arthritis co-funding can be found in the co-funding brief.

For further details of these highlight notice and themed calls, please see

The submission deadline for applications is 1pm on 24 July 2019.

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