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Selection criteria 

In assessing proposals, the Panel and Boards will use the general criteria below. For commissioned calls, the Panel and Board will particularly consider the relevance of the proposal to the commissioning brief, including any additional criteria set out in that brief.

  • Need for the research in the NHS, including:

    • The importance to the NHS of the health or methodological problem.
    • Whether the study is likely to make a substantial advance in knowledge that would lead to significant improvements in health or health services.
    • Whether the outcomes chosen matter to the research user including patients, families NHS managers and decision-makers.
    • Whether the proposal demonstrates the need for the research with reference to the current evidence base.
  • Scientific quality of the proposal. This includes the likelihood of the study:

    • Making a substantial advance in scientific understanding and knowledge.
    • Leading to a substantial improvement in health or health services.
    • Increasing our understanding of the broader topic area.
  • Feasibility of the proposed study.

  • Demonstration of the necessary skill mix, experience, project management and infrastructure for success.

  • The costs of the research represent good value for money.

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