Programme Development Grants (PDG)
Aim: To enable preparatory work to be carried out to strengthen a PGfAR application. Applicants will have to outline the subsequent PGfAR research question they propose to address. PDG may include the following:
- selection or development of interventions or outcome measures
- pilot/feasibility studies to determine recruitment and participant retention rates, inform sample size calculations, optimise delivery of the intervention, etc.
- strengthening existing collaborations with methodological experts necessary to deliver the proposed programme.
Funding: Awards are between £20,000 - £100,000 over a period of 6-18 months.
Process: Single-stage process. Successful applicants can proceed straight to stage 2 of the PGfAR on completing of the development work. There is no guarantee that the recipient of a PDG will be successful in obtaining a PGfAR. The process takes about 3 months.
Criteria: Applications will be judged on the following:
- quality of the proposed future programme including its relevance to the priorities and needs of the NHS and likelihood of significant benefit to the NHS and patients within 3-5 years)
- track-record of applicants (breadth and depth of expertise on the team (multidisciplinary), suitability of lead applicant)
- strength of the work plan for the developmental phase, particularly the extent to which it will enable applicants develop a competitive stage 2 application
- value for money.
Deadlines: Programme Development Grants 3 researcher-led calls per year