RDS News - March 2020

Welcome to the eBulletin from the Research Design Service South West (RDS SW), keeping you updated with the latest news, events and communications from the RDS and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
RDS working practices in light of COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, we will no longer be holding face-to-face meetings. This applies to one-to-one meetings with our advisers and Project Review Committee (PRC) meetings. All RDS events (such as the NIHR Grant Applications seminar) have been postponed.

However, the RDS is open as usual for day-to-day business. We will continue to arrange meetings, but these will be held remotely (either by teleconference or videoconference).

If you have any questions about our response to COVID-19, please email the RDS office on rds.sw@nihr.ac.uk
DHSC issues guidance on the impact of COVID-19
on research funded or supported by NIHR

Until further notice, the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) is pausing the site set up of any new or ongoing studies at NHS and social care sites that are not nationally prioritised COVID-19 studies.

This will enable the research workforce to focus on delivering the nationally prioritised COVID-19 studies or enabling redeployment to frontline care where necessary. These studies are enabling the clinical and epidemiological evidence to be gathered to inform national policy and will enable new treatments, diagnostics and vaccines to be developed and tested. The complete focus of the CRN will be on delivering these highest priority COVID-19 studies.

Regular updates will be posted here. You may also be interested in a series of Q&As on the impact of COVID-19 on research funded or supported by the NIHR, which have been published here. In terms of applying for NIHR funding, the following Q&A currently applies:

Can I still apply for funding via calls that are currently open and will there be new calls in the coming months?
Yes. All NIHR funding schemes and calls are open for applications. Deadlines for all stages of application processes remain as previously advertised. 

Latest funding calls and other opportunities

Funding deadline calendar
For an overview of NIHR calls and ongoing funding opportunities, please see our funding deadlines webpage.
NIHR Fellowships – Extension to deadlines
As a response to COVID-19 and the additional pressures that it may place upon those applying for Fellowships, the NIHR have extended the deadline of a number of Fellowship programmes.

The following have a new deadline of 1pm on Wednesday 6th May 2020:
  • ICA Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF)
  • ICA Clinical Lectureship (CL)
  • ICA Senior Clinical Lectureship (SCL)
The following have a new deadline of 1pm on Thursday 9th April 2020:
  • NIHR In-Practice Fellowship 2020
  • ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship
The following have a new deadline of 9th April 2020:
  • Pre-doctoral fellowship round (i.e. the pre-doctoral fellowship for methodologists).
The following have a new deadline of 14th April 2020:
  • Development and Skills Enhancement Award
NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme NIHR Programme Development Grants Global Health Research Programme Public Health Research (PHR) Programme
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