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Health Research Policy and Systems

, 12:54

First Online: 22 September 2014Received: 18 February 2014Accepted: 08 September 2014


BackgroundThe literature suggests that research funding decisions may be influenced by criteria such as gender or institution of the principal investigator PI. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between characteristics of funding applications and success when considered by a research funding board.

MethodsWe selected a retrospective cohort of 296 outline applications for primary research mainly pragmatic clinical trials submitted to the commissioning board of the National Institute for Health Research NIHR Health Technology Assessment HTA Programme between January 1 2006 and December 31 2009. We selected proposals submitted to the commissioned NIHR HTA work stream as they addressed issues which the programme already deemed to be important, hence the priority of the research question was not considered as one of the selection criteria for success or failure. Main outcome measures were success or failure at short-listing and in obtaining research funding.

ResultsThe characteristics of applications associated with success at shortlisting and funding were multi-disciplinarity of the team OR 19.94 5.13, 77.50, P <0.0001, particularly inclusion of a statistician OR 3.76 2.21, 6.37, P <0.0001, and the completion of a pilot-feasibility study OR 4.11 1.24, 13.62, P = 0.0209. The gender of the PI was not associated with success or failure at either stage. The PI’s affiliation institution was not associated with success or failure at shortlisting.

ConclusionsThe gender of the PI was not associated with success or failure. The characteristics of research applications most strongly associated with success were related to the range of expertise in the team and the completion of a pilot or feasibility study.

KeywordsFunding applications Health technology assessment Primary research Research funding AbbreviationsCTUClinical Trials unit

HTAHealth Technology Assessment

NIHRNational Institute for Health Research.

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Autor: Sheila Turner - Peter Davidson - Louise Stanton - Victoria Cawdeary

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