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									Competition Number: 8                                  Guidance for Applicants
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                          Programme Grants for Applied Research
                     Guidance Information for Stage 1 Applications



    1. Introduction                                                              2
    2. Background                                                                2
    3. Research Priorities                                                       4
    4. Eligibility                                                               4
    5. Resubmission of Unsuccessful Application........……………………………………... 4
    6. Funding Available…………………………………………………………………………5
    7. Selection Process                                                         6
    8. Selection Criteria for the Stage 1 Application Stage…………………………………. 7
    9. Submitting a Stage 1 Application………………………………………………………. 7
    10. Guidance on Completing the Application Form                              7
    11. Submission Deadline                                                      10
    12. Confidentiality                                                          10
    13. Further Information………………………………………………………………………. 10
    14. Guidance on using the NIHR CCF website…………………………………………… 11




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1. Introduction
Best Research for Best Health1 set out a 5-year Research and Development Strategy for the NHS
in England. One component of the strategy is the Programme Grants for Applied Research
Programme. This document sets out the detailed process for the award of Programme Grants
for Applied Research and invites appropriate NHS organisations, together with their academic
partners, to submit a Stage 1 Programme Grant Application.


2. Background
Programme Grants for Applied Research are prestigious awards of up to £2m over a period of
three to five years, the aim of which is 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, where other research
     funders may not be focused, or there is insufficient funding available.
    Enable NHS trusts to tackle areas of high priority or need for health.
    Provide some stability of funding to support the long-term development of top quality applied
     research groups working in the NHS.
    Replace, in part, programmes of research previously supported by the Priorities and Needs
     (PNF) component of NHS R&D Support Funding for NHS Providers.

A Programme Grant for Applied Research will support:

    Work whose emphasis is on delivering research findings that will have practical application
     for the benefit of patients. Benefit would typically be through improved health care or better
     health care delivery. The programmes will therefore be largely health services research
     and/or innovation (e.g. introduction of new technologies), where there is potential gain for
     patients within the relatively near future, i.e. "near market" research with application in the
     NHS within 3-5 years of the end of the funding period.
    A number of high quality related projects, and associated infrastructure, which form a
     coherent theme in an area of priority or need for the NHS, and where added value is gained
     from the combination of the various strands of research.
    Well-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
     (including innovation and, where appropriate, evidence synthesis and assembly for
     dissemination at national level), based on publications, previous research funding, and
     impact on NHS service provision.
    Applied health research, and the programme’s infrastructure needs, including: health
     services research; public health research; behavioural research; economic evaluations; and
     modelling (e.g. decision analytic studies).
        We will use the Frascati definition of applied research2; i.e. that applied research is
           original investigation undertaken in order to acquire new knowledge, which is directed
           primarily towards a specific practical aim or objective.
        In order to ensure that the research is relevant, has practical application in the NHS,
           and has the maximum chance of uptake, we expect one of the co-applicants on the
           grant application to be an NHS manager with direct or indirect responsibility for clinical
           service delivery.


1
  Best Research for Best Health: A New National Health Research Strategy. The NHS contribution to health
research in England. Department of Health. 2006.
2
  Frascati Manual 2002: Proposed Standard Practice for Surveys of Research and Experimental
Development, OECD, Paris, 2002
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     Innovation, development and (as appropriate) evidence synthesis and assembly (eg
      Cochrane reviews). Programme grants for applied research will normally support a
      significant proportion of development work (typically expected to be at least 30% of the
      activity funded by the grant), defined as limited implementation of a service development in
      the NHS, together with a formal, integrated research evaluation.
     Work which, within the specified timescale, will either definitively show the value of a
      treatment, package of care or service improvement, enabling it to be implemented
      appropriately within the NHS, or demonstrate justification for and feasibility of a larger scale
      evaluation.

A Programme Grant for Applied Research will not support:

     Basic research or experimental medicine; DH funds patient- or people-focused translational
      clinical research via the NIHR Biomedical Research Centres scheme, and through its support
      for Clinical Research Facilities for Experimental Medicine. There are also a number of other
      research funders supporting research in this area. The aim of the Biomedical Research
      Centres funding scheme is to translate basic biomedical research into clinical research, for
      the benefit of patients. In contrast, the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research
      scheme aims to provide evidence to improve health outcomes, and is largely focused on the
      later stages of the research process, where research findings are expected to impact on
      healthcare within 3-5 years of the end of the period of funding. Where full applications
      contain elements of basic research or experimental medicine, this work will not be funded
      through any award made via this scheme, and the application will be declined if this research
      cannot be removed without compromising the delivery of the programme.
     Exploratory rather than confirmatory research; for example, “fishing expeditions” to find risk
      factors will not be supported, but validation of previously identified factors would be eligible
      for support; similarly, development of theory would not be supported, but its validation or
      application could be.
     Proposals comprising solely a single Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT); these should be
      directed towards the NIHR HTA Programme Clinical Trials competition or other funding
      bodies. Proposals containing RCTs as one strand of a larger programme may be
      acceptable, provided that the design is scientifically robust (large enough to identify a
      clinically plausible difference, etc.), and can be adequately resourced within the budget of
      any Programme Grant award. Proposals comprising solely of a collection of small RCTs are
      unlikely to provide a sufficiently coherent programme of work. Pilot or feasibility studies for
      large, definitive trials, whose funding would be sought from elsewhere may be supported as
      part of a broader programme of work.
     Proposals consisting solely of evaluations of existing services, where the programme of work
      does not include work to allow the evidence-based development of these services
      (evaluations of existing services could comprise one strand of a broader programme,
      however); these should be directed towards the Service Delivery & Organisation or Research
      for Patient Benefit programmes, or to other funding bodies.
     Proposals for funding to complete research originally funded by other organisations;
      proposals for work which generates added value by building on research funded by other
      organisations may be acceptable, however.
     Proposals for work which is not generalisable beyond the immediate service environment.

Applicants are strongly advised to read the generic feedback on previous rounds of applications
to the Programme Grants for Applied Research funding scheme (available at http://www.nihr-
ccf.org.uk/site/programmes/programmegrants/director/default.cfm) before submitting a stage 1
application to the eighth round. These documents identify the following key issues for
consideration when developing a stage 1 proposal:

 Applicants must make as strong a case as possible for the importance and relevance of the
  proposed research, highlighting the potential value and significance of the research findings.
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    Proposals should include a clear statement of the significance of the research area, together
    with an extremely clear description of the outputs/deliverables to be generated and their
    anticipated impact on the health of patients and/or the public. It is important to demonstrate that
    these benefits will be realised within 3-5 years of the end of the funding period and to quantify
    the anticipated scale of the impact.
   Stage 1 applications must demonstrate clearly that the research team possesses the necessary
    breadth and depth of expertise in all the methodological areas required to deliver the proposed
    programme of work. Appropriate multidisciplinary involvement in the research team is essential
    and, where relevant, experts in statistics, health economics, health services research,
    behavioural science, qualitative research methodologies, sociology, etc., should be included as
    applicants or, at the very least, as named collaborators.
   The proposal must demonstrate clearly that the Lead Applicant, through an excellent track
    record, is suitable to lead a programme of applied health research. Demonstrable clinical
    expertise, or a strong track record in other areas of research, are not considered, on their own,
    to be sufficient.
   Stage 1 programme grant applications must have clear and realistic aims and objectives, each
    addressed by an appropriate multidisciplinary approach with a clear summary of the applied
    health research methodologies that are to be used. It is insufficient to provide a description, in
    broad terms, of what would be done with Programme Grant funding; the methods that will be
    used to take forward the research programme must be described.
   Applications must meet the stated criteria for applied health research. Programme Grants are
    not intended to support exploratory research with no clear application within 3-5 years of the
    end of the funding period and will not fund proposals that are dependent upon elements of basic
    research or experimental medicine.

3. Research Priorities
We will accept stage 1 applications in all areas of applied health research.

4. Eligibility
All NHS organisations and other providers of NHS services in England may propose programmes,
in collaboration with an appropriate academic partner or partners. Bids may be submitted by
consortia including more than one NHS organisation.            Bids may include support for
patient/consumer groups leading or participating in programmes of research.

It is possible that the academic partner could be a university outside England, if an appropriate
case is made in the application. We would expect the application to make a strong case that the
chosen academic partner was the organisation best placed to provide academic input to the
planned research.


5. Resubmission of unsuccessful applications submitted in previous
application rounds
Although we do not prohibit the submission of proposals which were submitted unsuccessfully in
previous application rounds, applicants should recognise that the original proposals were judged to
be uncompetitive in that round, or significantly flawed, and are therefore likely to need substantive
modification to have a realistic chance of being funded in future competitions. Previously
unsuccessful applicants should therefore pay particularly close attention to the generic feedback
provided on previous rounds of applications (and to any specific feedback provided on their
individual proposal), before making a realistic assessment of their ability to develop a competitive
application for Programme Grant for Applied Research funding.




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6. Funding available
   We will allocate funds of £75 million per year to this scheme when it reaches full capacity. The
    funding will increase over the three years of the NHS R&D transition period.
   Individual awards will be for a maximum of £2m over a period of up to five years (i.e. no more
    than £400k per annum on average, although it is permissible, with appropriate justification, to
    profile the budget so that expenditure in any one year exceeds £400k, provided that average
    annual expenditure remains within the £400k limit). The amount of funding awarded will,
    however, be determined by the scale and nature of the research activity to be conducted.
   In all cases, funding will be awarded to an NHS organisation, which may then pass funds on to
    an academic partner.
   Funding must only be used to support the recurrent costs of patient- and population-focused
    applied health research.
   The funding awarded will be separate from any other NHS R&D funding received by the NHS
    organisation. This means that funding cannot be provided for the same item by the
    Programme Grants for Applied Research scheme and, for example, the NIHR Research for
    Patient Benefit scheme.
   Applications must be costed at current (2010/11) prices, based on current salary scales and
    scale increments; these costings will be used to assess value for money.
   Eligible costs include:
         Staff costs: the salaries of research, research support or other staff (from all
             professional groups), required to work full or part-time on the research programme.
             The cost of these posts should include employers’ contributions and regional weighting
             and other allowances.
         Direct non-pay costs: other recurrent direct research costs, including infrastructure,
             essential to deliver the programme. These costs could include:
                  consumables
                  travel and subsistence (including visits to scientific conferences, collaborative
                    working visits, etc.)
                  software licences
                  equipment costing less than £5,000; these can be rental or purchase costs, and
                    include the maintenance costs
                  payment to consumer representatives at approved NIHR rates (including travel
                    and subsistence, training, etc.)
                  other non-pay costs directly attributable to the programme
         Indirect costs: a reasonable programme overhead to cover indirect costs incurred in the
             NHS. The Programme Grants for Applied Research funding scheme will not, however,
             meet indirect costs incurred by an academic partner. NHS organisations will calculate the
             amount of overhead, using their own cost rates (although methods of calculation may
             be requested to support the application at a later date), and can include the cost of:
                  General office consumables
                  Library services/learning resources
                  Typing/secretarial
                  Finance, personnel, public relations and departmental services
                  Central and distributed computing if not directly allocated
                  Cost of capital employed
   The expectation is that the funding will be used to support posts employed by (or funded by)
    the NHS, and that any newly established posts created with funding from this scheme will be
    employed by the NHS organisation. However, where there is a local agreement for staff to be
    employed by the university partner, and where this does not attract additional costs over and
    above the normal costs of employment, this will be allowed (i.e. the cost of employer's
    contributions will be met, but the posts will not attract Full Economic Costs in the university).



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   Where justified, it is permissible to reimburse the university partner for the cost of the time
    devoted to the research programme by university employed and funded staff, again provided
    that this does not attract additional costs over and above the normal costs of employment.
   The costs to the NHS of research training (e.g. higher degrees) can be included in the
    application. This can include fees for higher degrees (for NHS staff), and the costs of
    academic supervision by NHS staff and the use of NHS facilities, when the direct costs of the
    training are incurred by the university partner. The cost to the University of academic
    supervision of NHS research students may also be met through this scheme.
   Funding will not be provided for university facilities or infrastructure which is located in the
    university, or to meet the costs of work which is not patient- or people-focused research in the
    NHS. In some cases, university research facilities are located in the NHS. Where an applicant
    can demonstrate beyond doubt that such facilities are essential for the conduct of applied
    health research in the NHS, appropriate support for them may be requested.
   Service Support Costs and Treatment costs are not covered by this scheme and should not be
    included.


7. Selection process
Programme Grants for Applied Research will be awarded by open competition.

The application process involves the following stages:

 Applicants submit a stage 1 programme grant application summarising their proposed research
  programme.
 Stage 1 applications are assessed by the Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme
  Application Sub-Panel, using the defined criteria detailed below.
 Stage 1 applications which best meet the selection criteria are short-listed and a stage 2 full
  application is invited.

Applicants who meet the short listing selection criteria will have the opportunity to attend a
workshop on 27th May, 2010 in London to hear a series of presentations about the programme,
obtain tips and hints on how to write a successful full application and also participate in a question
and answer session to clarify any general queries that they may have.

The assessment of stage 1 programme grant applications will be as follows:

 Initially, all the stage 1 proposals will be screened against basic eligibility criteria, to ensure that,
  for example: all sections of the form have been completed; the duration of the proposed
  research falls between 36 and 60 months; an appropriate NHS manager has been included as a
  co-applicant; and the amount of funding requested does not exceed the specified limit, or is too
  small to require Programme Grant support (i.e. less than £100k per annum, on average).
 Eligible proposals will then be subjected to a preliminary assessment of the expertise and track
  record of the research team and the methodological approaches to be adopted.
 The proposals with the strongest research teams and the most robust methodological
  approaches will be short-listed, and the applicants invited to submit a stage 2 full application.

The timetable for the eighth round of applications will be:

     7th December 2009: publish call for stage 1 applications on the NIHR website.
     15th March 2010 at 5:00pm: deadline for receipt of stage 1 applications.
     Mid May 2010: short-listing and invitation to submit stage 2 full applications.
     18th October 2010 at 5:00pm: deadline for receipt of stage 2 full applications.
     February 2011: review of stage 2 full applications by NIHR Programme Grants for Applied
      Research Selection Panel.
     Late March 2011: notification of proposals recommended for funding.
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     October 2011: awards commence.

Applicants who submitted stage 1 proposals for the seventh funding round will be notified of the
outcome of their application in mid-December, 2009.

The next call for stage 1 proposals for the Programme Grants for Applied Research funding
scheme will be on 7th June 2010, with a submission date of 11th October 2010. We anticipate that
there will be subsequent calls for proposals in December 2010 and June 2011.


8. Selection criteria for Stage 1 Programme Grant applications
The specific selection criteria that will be applied to stage 1 applications are:

     The strength of the research team, including the relevant expertise and track-record of
      the applicants in conducting high-quality applied health research.
     The relevance of the proposed research to the priorities and needs of the NHS.
     The likelihood of significant benefit to the NHS and patients within 3-5 years of the end of
      the funding period.
     The quality of the research planned.
     The value for money provided by the proposal.


9. Submitting a Stage 1 Programme Grant application
In order to submit a stage 1 application for a Programme Grant for Applied Research, applicants
must first register with the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) website at http://www.nihr-
ccf.org.uk/site/registration by the designated date. Once registered, applicants will find a link
enabling them to access and download the form

Further information on how to register on the CCF website, download a stage 1 application form
and submit a completed application is provided at Appendix 1.


10. Guidance on completing the Stage 1 Programme Grant application form
Stage 1 applications should be submitted on the Stage 1 Programme Grant Application Form (in
Microsoft Word format) which is available from the NIHR CCF website: (http://www.nihr-
ccf.org.uk/site/default.cfm). These notes should be read in conjunction with the application form
and are designed to help you to provide the information required.

In order for your application to be accepted you must submit the minimum information required.
This includes all the mandatory fields in the application form: failure to complete all mandatory
sections of the form will result in your application being rejected on the grounds that it is
incomplete.

The application form should be completed using a font size no smaller than 10 (Arial). Keep the
use of acronyms to a minimum. Only use acronyms where a term is mentioned frequently
throughout the proposal. If you do choose to use an acronym, do not assume that the reader
knows what it means, and be sure to define it, bearing in mind that individual sections of the
application may be read separately during the selection process.

Guidance on the individual sections of the application form is provided below:




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Reference number

This is the reference number your stage 1 application form is given when you download a form and
should be used for all enquiries. If your application is short-listed, this reference number will be
used for the stage 2 full application form and, if this is successful, it will stay with the programme
for its lifetime.

1. Application
Programme Title
Provide the title for the programme. This should be concise and descriptive and contain keywords
relevant to the programme.

Proposed Duration
Indicate the expected length of the proposed programme in months. Programme Grants for
Applied Research can be for up to 60 months in length, and should be for a minimum of 36
months.

Estimated Total Cost
Indicate the estimated total cost of the programme. Programme Grants for Applied Research
grants should have maximum total cost of £2m over the lifetime of the grant and have an average
annual cost of no more than £400k. This excludes any Service Support and Excess Treatment
Costs, which will not be met via any Programme Grant award.

NHS Organisation Submitting Application
Please provide the name of the NHS organisation submitting the application, which would
administer any award.

2. Lead applicant’s details
Please submit the name, post held, and department for the Lead Applicant, and describe the role
in the programme he or she will fulfil.

The lead applicant may be an NHS or university employee; in the latter case, the individual would
need to have an appropriate relationship with the NHS organisation to ensure proper governance
and accountability; as a minimum, the Lead Applicant must have an honorary contract with the
NHS organisation submitting the application.


3. Lead applicant’s contact details
Provide contact details for the Lead Applicant, to whom all correspondence relating to the
application will be addressed.

4. Co-applicant details
Please submit the names, posts held and institutions for all co-applicants (a maximum of 15 is
allowed). Indicate the contribution each co-applicant will make to the programme, e.g. the
methodological expertise he or she will provide. One applicant must be an NHS service manager
to ensure that there is a clear customer for the outputs of the research.

5. NHS manager details
Please identify which of the applicants is an NHS service manager, providing job title and a brief
description of the individual’s role in managing clinical service provision. This should be a full-time
manager, with direct or indirect responsibility for the provision of clinical service, rather than a part-
time clinical director or an R&D manager or director.



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6. Aims and objectives
Briefly describe the overarching aims of the programme and then outline the specific research
questions which the work would address.

7. Relevance and importance
Briefly describe the relevance and importance of the proposed research, addressing the following
areas:

 The background to the proposed research, justifying the need for work in this area, drawing
  particularly from systematic reviews.
 The importance of the proposed research and its relevance to the priorities and needs of the
  NHS (including a statement of the significance of the research area, e.g. burden of disease).
 The anticipated outputs, outcomes and impact of the proposed research on the health of
  patients and/or the public, highlighting the innovation and/or development aspects and
  quantifying the potential benefits, where possible.
 The anticipated timescale for the benefits to the NHS resulting from the proposed research to
  be realised.

References do not need to be provided but, if thought essential, up to three may be listed.

8. Research team
Explain why the group is well qualified and equipped to do this research, describing the track
record of the research team in applied health research (including innovation and, where
appropriate, evidence synthesis and assembly for dissemination at national level), outlining skills
and expertise, publication outputs, grant income, and impact on health service practice and policy.


9. Research plan
Summarise the proposed research plan, providing brief descriptions of individual projects /
workstreams / workpackages in turn and indicate how they integrate together to form a coherent
programme of research. In particular, specify the methodological approaches proposed in
sufficient detail to allow them to be assessed, e.g. justification for sample sizes, inclusion and
exclusion criteria, nature of follow up, techniques of data collection, choice of analysis and why etc.

References do not need to be provided but, if thought essential, up to three may be listed.

10. Patient and public involvement
Summarise patient and public involvement in the proposed research and how it will be funded.

11. Curriculum vitae of lead applicant
Provide a brief Curriculum vitae for the Lead Applicant in the format specified; Curricula vitae are
not required for Co-Applicants.

12. Suggestion of peer reviewers
Please suggest two potential peer reviewers who have the relevant expertise to assess your
proposal, should it be selected to proceed to the full application stage. We ask that you provide an
individual with content expertise and an individual who can review the methodological
components of the application. These reviewers should be independent and have no conflict of
interest with respect to your application. Your suggestions will be used as only one source of peer
reviewers of any full application and may not be approached to undertake this review.




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11. Submission Deadline
The deadline for receipt of stage 1 programme grant applications is Monday 15th March 2010
at 5:00pm. A hard copy of the application is not required.


12. Confidentiality
Research proposals are considered confidential by the NIHR-CCF and all reasonable steps are
taken to ensure that this confidentiality is not breached. Further information and guidance can be
found at:
(http://www.nihr-ccf.org.uk/site/docdatabase/developmentgrants/pdg_docs/Confidentiality%20Guidance.pdf)



13. Further Information
We wish to ensure that applicants fully understand what is needed in their applications before they
submit them. We are therefore very happy to respond to requests for clarification from the lead for
each application or from a person nominated by him/her. We cannot, of course, provide advice on
the content of an application.      Any enquiries should be directed to the NIHR Central
Commissioning Facility: grants@nihr-ccf.org.uk or 020 8943 8990.

General information on this funding scheme is available on the NIHR CCF website:
http://www.nihr-ccf.org.uk/site/programmes/programmegrants/default.cfm




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                                                                                             Appendix 1

                       GUIDANCE ON USING THE NIHR CCF WEBSITE

Downloading and Uploading Your Application

The application process for the NIHR Programme Grants is electronic and managed through the
NIHR Central Commissioning Facility website. You will be asked to download the application form,
complete it offline and upload your completed forms through the website.

Downloading Your Form

Please ensure that the form is downloaded and uploaded using the registration of the lead
applicant. If you are a co-applicant or PA of the lead applicant, please register in the lead
applicant’s name, or you will be assigned as the lead applicant on this application.

       Login to the CCF website at http://www.nihr-ccf.org.uk/extranet/ with your username and
        password.
       Click on the “Programme Grants” link in the left hand menu.
       Click on the “Stage 1 Download and Submit” link in the left hand menu.
       Click on the button “New Project”.
       Click the button “Begin Download”.
       Click on the button “Download”.
       Click on the “confirm download” button and save the application form to your local drive.

Your Reference Number

This is the reference number of your application and you should note this number as you will need
it for all subsequent enquiries. If your application is successful, this reference number will stay with
the project for its lifetime.

The reference number is not filled in by the applicant; it should already be present when the form is
downloaded. Please contact the Central Commissioning Facility if your application does not have
a reference number.

Uploading Your Application Form

After completing your         application,   please   login   to   the     website    at   http://www.nihr-
ccf.org.uk/extranet/:

       Click on the “Programme Grants” link in the left hand menu.
       Click on the “Stage 1 Download and Submit” link in the left hand menu.
       Click on the “Begin Submit” button.
       Click on the “Submit” button.
       Locate the file from your local PC by clicking on the “Browse” button. Having located the
        file, click on the “Begin Submit” button.
       You will then be asked to confirm your submission.
       Please note that your application form is numbered with your reference number. The
        document you upload must have the same file name as that downloaded from the
        website. Failure to submit a file with the same name will result in the upload being rejected.
        The file must also be closed before you submit it otherwise, again, it will not upload to the
        website.
       Once you have uploaded the required file you will see a green tick appear on the
        submission. Please note there is no finance form submitted with this stage 1 application.

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Date of issue: December 2009
File reference: RP-PG-1209-1****

On completion of your submission, you will receive an email thanking you for your submission.
Please keep this email as proof of submission. If you do not receive this email within 24 hours of
completing the submission, please contact the CCF.

Please note that during busy periods such as close to a competition deadline it will take slightly
longer to upload your application. During this time our helpline will be receiving a very high volume
of calls. We therefore advise that you do not leave your submission until the last 24 hours.

Common Issues When Uploading

Please ensure that the file you are trying to upload is closed otherwise you will get an error
message.

If you have uploaded the wrong version of the document, you can overwrite it by uploading the
correct document again. You will be permitted to overwrite the documents up until the submission
deadline.




Competition 8 (v3.1 – dated: 15/12/09)              12             Closing date: 15 March 2010

								
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