RDS News - May 2018

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).
New contract awarded to the RDS

We are delighted to announce that the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has awarded us a further five years of funding to continue our work as the RDS South West.

Proposals were invited from NHS organisations and Higher Education Institutions in England with proven expertise in research methodology and design. Ten organisations were successful and the combined Research Design Services will form a national network, liaising with each other to develop a consistent service to the research community across England.

The NIHR funding will allow RDS advisers in the South West to continue offering free and confidential advice, drawing on a unique breadth of experience and established track record in improving funding applications.

We have been funded for the ten years prior to this round of funding and the advice offered by us to researchers represents a key contribution to the NIHR’s commitment to delivery of high quality health and social care research. 

Find out more about how we could help you.
NIHR Grant Applications Seminar & Support Event - deadline approaching

Are you planning to submit a grant application to NIHR? Places are still available on our free one-day information event on 26 June in Bournemouth which aims to help you improve your chances of success.

Come and hear Simon Goodwin, RfPB Programme Manager for the South West, and RDS advisers give presentations on what makes a good grant proposal.

One-to-one appointments are also available if you would like to discuss your research proposal with Simon and/or a RDS adviser. 

Register by 18 June.
RDS Residential Grant Development and Writing Retreat -
deadline fast approaching

We are offering a unique opportunity for health, social care and public health professionals across England to attend a three-day residential Grant Development & Writing Retreat in September 2018.

The purpose of the Retreat is to give busy professionals dedicated time to rapidly progress their research proposal.

The deadline for applications at 12noon, Wednesday 6 June 2018 is fast approaching. If you think your research team would benefit from protected time and expert support, you can find out more here.
Patient and Public Involvement (PPI):  Feedback from Researchers to PPI Contributors 

A new guide has been launched to help researchers improve patient and public involvement (PPI) in their studies. Guidance for Researchers: Feedback is a new tool providing researchers advice on the best ways to ensure patients, carers, service users and members of public contributing to their work are kept informed of research progress and their input is formally acknowledged.

The guidance, which was also developed with the RDS and INVOLVE, is available online.
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.
Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme - Social care call

Applications are invited for the new RfPB social care call. This initiative seeks to fund high quality research ideas which come from the front line of social care, and to support partnerships between social care researchers and practitioners.

This applies across a wide spectrum of topic areas for research, which has the potential to improve adult social care practice. It will be open to universities, local authorities and NHS bodies or other providers of NHS services in England with individual project awards up to to £350,000 available.

The closing date for applications is 1.00pm, 4 July 2018. Find out more and apply.
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