RDS News - November 2017

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 Project Review Committee

Our Project Review Committee provides an excellent opportunity for researchers to obtain a critical review of a proposed grant application before this is sent to a funding body. The committee brings the benefit of seeing the proposal with “fresh eyes”, replicating as far as possible the way the real funding committee will consider the application. 

Applications will receive the advantage of detailed attention from senior RDS consultants who have considerable experience of obtaining research funding. Find out more.
Launch of new Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship

Health Education England (HEE) and the NIHR are pleased to announce a new pre-doctoral level training scheme to support aspiring non-medical clinical academics.  

The Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) scheme will support award holders to split their time equally between clinical service and academic training over a two year period. During this time, Fellows will undertake formal and informal clinical research training, designed around their unique training needs.

One of its many benefits is that it will allow protected time for participants to develop an application for PhD funding, with support from a named supervisor and mentor. Find out more.
NIHR Webinar: Intellectual Property when applying to the NIHR - 
recording now available

This webinar provides an introduction to Intellectual Property (IP) and helps researchers understand how they should discuss IP in a funding application.
IP doesn't just refer to patents and inventions. The NIHR uses a much broader definition of IP and believes that the vast majority of research that it funds will produce some form of IP.

Find out more.
New podcast: 'Health research is better if it's done with patients, rather than to them'

“We see patients as a partner that holds our hand throughout the process and actually makes us a better research funder and a better research organisation as a result,” says Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Patients and the Public in Research in the latest Business of Discovery podcast. 

This month Alan Gaw talks to Simon Denegri about the crucial role of patients and the public in clinical research. Find out more.
Workshop: Building Research Partnerships
21st November, Bristol

For: People interested in getting involved in research, and researchers interested in involving patients and carers in their research

What: A  workshop outlining the different types of research methods and terminology used in research and how the public can get involved, as well as exploring the issues related to becoming and being a member of the public involved in research.

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.
UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP): first call for proposals

The UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) is an exciting £50m initiative focused on improving population health, and reducing health inequalities, through the primary prevention of NCDs. It covers physical health as well as mental health and wellbeing in the UK. The UKPRP will support two types of award:
  • Consortium award: £4m - 7m for five years
  • Network award: £100k per annum for up to four years
There is a two-stage process for applications for the awards. The call for outline applications closes at 4.00pm on 18 January 2018. Find out more.
Invention for Innovation (i4i) Product Development Awards - Call 15

Applications are invited for the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) research proposals for translational R&D projects aimed at cultivating new techniques or technologies into innovative interventions which address existing or emerging healthcare needs.

The closing date for applications is 1.00pm, 13 December 2017. Find out more and apply.
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