RDS News - April 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).
NIHR Grant Applications
Seminar & Support Event

26 June 2018 - Bournemouth, Dorset

Are you planning to submit a grant application to NIHR? We are holding a one-day event in Bournemouth that is aimed at helping you to improve your chances of success.

The morning seminar session is open to anyone to come and hear Simon Goodwin, RfPB Programme Manager for the South West, and RDS advisers give presentations on what makes a good grant proposal. Topics covered will include:
  • what does the NIHR (and in particular RfPB) look for?
  • the application as a marketing document: selling the topic, selling the method, and selling the team
  • the team
  • clarity of description and explanation
  • feasibility issues
  • identifying and avoiding potential pitfalls.
The afternoon support session of one-to-one appointments is for those who would like to discuss their own proposal with an RDS adviser.

This event is FREE and refreshments and lunch will be provided. Places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. In order to secure your place please register using our online form by 1pm, 18 June 2018. Find out more.
RDS Residential Grant Development and Writing Retreat
School of Psychology, University of Kent, Canterbury. 10 - 12 September 2018.

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. Applications are invited from individuals or teams of two or three people, at least one of whom must be a health, social care or public health professional working in England. Successful applicants will be offered a free place at the retreat 

If you think your research team would benefit from protected time and expert support, you can apply to attend the Retreat by submitting a standard form which is available from your local RDS office. If in doubt, please contact the coordinating centre at rds.sw@nihr.ac.uk

Find out more about the Retreat.
Launch of new NIHR Fellowships programme

The NIHR has announced some exciting new changes to its Fellowships Programme, which will take effect when it launches in October.  The new programme will provide greater flexibility and expanded eligibility whilst retaining and maintaining its integrity as one of NIHR’s flagship programmes.  Four different types of Fellowship will be available:
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
  • Doctoral Fellowship
  • Advanced Fellowship
  • Development and Skills Enhancement Award
Check our the NIHR Fellowships webpage for further information. Also a summary document has been produced to outline further details of the NIHR Fellowships and there is also an FAQ document.

There will also be a 1-hour webinar on Thursday 19 April at 11.00am which will explain the new NIHR Fellowships and go through what the changes mean for applicants. Find out more.
New national standards launched across the UK to improve public involvement in research
A set of national standards designed to improve the quality and consistency of public involvement in research has recently been launched. The standards aim to provide people with clear, concise benchmarks for effective public involvement alongside indicators against which improvement can be monitored. They are intended to encourage approaches and behaviours that will support this.

The standards are for people and organisations that do research, support research and do public involvement to improve research. Find out more.
RfPB Social Care Research Information Sessions
To support applicants to latest Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme social care call, we will be holding a number of events, which will include presentations from RfPB and the RDS on the scope of the call and the support that is available.

There will also be opportunities for researchers to discuss their research ideas with members of RfPB programme team and the RDS. Find out more.
Supporting Innovation in Medical Technology Enterprises
Are you a MedTech company looking for funding, support, guidance or collaborators?

Co-hosting the NIHR Roadshow for MedTech SMEs; the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Wessex and the Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) invite you to register for this event specifically tailored to medical technology companies, to learn more about:
  • NIHR’s and AHSN's offer to support research and innovation
  • funding programmes available for MedTech innovators
  • the generation of clinical and health economic evidence for NHS use
  • the available guidance across the innovation pathway.
Find out more.
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 - Competition 36

Applications are invited for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and which have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS.

The closing date for applications is 1.00pm, 18 July 2018. Find out more and apply.
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme

The HTA Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream:
  • 18/24 - Early reoperation for patients with residual glioblastoma
  • 18/25 - Microstructural scaffold insertion following microfracture for chondral knee defects
  • 18/26 - Surgical management of pressure ulcers
  • 18/27 - Alternative bisphosphonate regimens for the prevention of osteoporotic fracture in adults
  • 18/28 - Paediatric wrist fracture
  • 18/29 - Preventing job loss in people with long term physical health conditions
  • 18/30 - Hysteroscopic removal of retained placenta
  • 18/31 - Discontinuation of growth hormone treatment in pubertal children
  • 18/32 - Management of orthostatic hypotension
  • 18/33 - Valuing the benefits and harms of antenatal and new born screening programmes in the UK
  • 18/34 - Routinely used interventions for improving attachment in infants and young children
  • 18/35 - Behavioural intervention to treat anxiety in adults with autism and moderate to severe learning disabilities
  • 18/36 - Anticonvulsant augmentation of antipsychotic medication in the management of psychosis
  • 18/38 - Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor for the treatment of anxiety in adults with autism
The closing date for applications is 1.00pm, 1 August 2018. Find out more and apply.
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme

The EME Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream:
  • 18/55 - Improving Safety and Efficacy Through Targeted Drug Delivery
  • 18/56 - Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • 18/57 - Type 2 Diabetes
The EME Programme is accepting stage 2 applications to their commissioned workstream:
  • 18/59 - Mechanisms of Action of Health Interventions

The closing date for applications is 1.00pm, 21 August 2018. Find out more and apply.
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