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I am honoured and excited by my appointment to the role of Director of the NIHR PGfAR scheme. I passionately believe that the best quality health care is delivered by organisations and individuals that are involved with research. I am particularly enthusiastic about the PGfAR programme, which, in my opinion, delivers research programmes that really improve health outcomes for patients.”
- Prof Elaine Hay

SPCR lead at Keele University, Professor Elaine Hay, has been appointed as the new Programme Director for NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR).

Professor Hay is Professor of Community Rheumatology, Associate Dean for Research, Director of the Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences, and Director of the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University.

NIHR PGfAR funds large, multidisciplinary programmes of research that will have practical benefits for patients and the NHS within three to five years.

Individual programmes consist of an interrelated group of high quality projects focused on a coherent theme, requiring multidisciplinary approaches such as clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and behavioural sciences.

This prestigious scheme is notable in its funding of NHS and academic partners to work together, addressing complex healthcare problems, in ways not always possible through other programmes. Read more.