Preparing a research proposal for NIHR RfPB or NIHR PGfAR / Programme Grants for Applied Research

What is it?

An all-day event on how to prepare a research proposal for the Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) and Programme Grants for Applied Research PGfAR / Programme Development Grants (PDG) Programmes. Previous Preparing a Research Proposal events have included presentations from senior staff members from RfPB and PGfAR, who spoke about how to apply to their respective programmes. The event also includes presentations from RDS Advisers providing tips on grant writing and PPI, as well as local organisations involved in R&D.


If you are planning on submitting a proposal for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme, you may wish to attend the RDS “Preparing a proposal for RfPB” event on 13th September 2018. Further details can be found here.

There are no plans at present to hold an event in 2018 looking specifically at the PGfAR programme.

Who should attend?

The event is open to researchers from across the South Central Region who are intending to apply to the RfPB or PGfAR / PDG Programmes for a day of presentations, group work and networking.

When is it?

The Preparing a Research Proposal event usually takes place in the Summer Term (often in June).

When does registration open?

Places on the Preparing a Research proposal event are usually booked via an EventBright page. Please check EventBright or keep an eye on our Latest Events and Funding Deadlines page. The RDS SC also sends out a weekly email bulletin with all of the latest news and funding calls, which you may wish to sign up to. Please email for more information and to be added to the email list.

Where is it held?

The course alternates between Southampton and Oxford. Please check the callout box above to see if the next course will be held in Southampton or Oxford.

How much does it cost?

The event is free. Lunch and refreshments are included at no charge, but the RDS SC is not able to offer accommodation or any other incurred expenses.