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About the PGfAR journal


Professor Andrée le May

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Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) was launched in 2013 and is indexed by NHS Evidence, Europe PMC and NCBI Bookshelf. 


With particular emphasis on conditions causing significant disease burden, research includes:

  • the promotion of health
  • prevention of ill health
  • optimal disease management (including safety and quality).

Publication criteria

Reports are published in Programme Grants for Applied Research if

  1. they have resulted from work for the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Programme, and
  2. they are of a sufficiently high scientific quality as assessed by the external reviewers and journal editors.

The journal will only publish findings from NIHR-funded research, therefore speculative submissions are not considered and there are no article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges for authors.

Publication process

Final reports are delivered to the editorial office at the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) at the University of Southampton. We manage the editorial review process between the editors, reviewers and authors, ahead of sending the report to the production house. We also co-ordinate the editorial boards, and manage the relationship with the production house. 

In preparing and submitting their PGfAR report, researchers are expected to follow the Information for authors guidance. We take an active role in the prevention of plagiarism, falsification of data, fabrication of results and other areas of ethical misconduct. Please see the Information for authors for more information about our plagiarism policy.

Our community of reviewers plays a vital part in maintaining and improving the quality of the journal. Reviewers are usually sourced from our database of experts, from author suggestions, or from peer-to-peer recommendations. Typically, for each report, four reviewers are chosen for suitability by the editors, and will cover a variety of relevant areas in their reviews. PGfAR has a system of single blind review, where authors do not know who has reviewed or edited their final reports. Please see our be a reviewer page for more information.

Our production house, Prepress Projects, is based in Perth, Scotland. We have a dedicated project management team at Prepress who are responsible for managing the production stage following editorial review. This involves copy-editing, typesetting and producing the electronic files of reports. When reports reach Prepress, they are copy-edited and proofread by professional writers and proof-readers who liaise directly with the report authors and editors.

All reports published in PGfAR are open access. For further information please see the Journals Library open access statement.

The NIHR Journals Library is committed to maintaining the content it publishes and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur.


PGfAR is a national response mode programme that aims 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.

The programme will support:

  • Applied health research including health services research; public health research; behavioural research; economic evaluations; and modelling.
  • Delivering research findings that will have practical application for the benefit of patients, typiclly through improved health care or better health care delivery, within three to five years of a programme's end.
  • Balanced teams of leading researchers, from the NHS and academia working together, who can demonstrate an impressive track record of achievement in applied health research.

Individual programmes funded through a Programme Grant typically consist 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. View PGfAR research projects.

For further information on the PGfAR programme and its remit, please visit the programme pages on the NIHR website.