RDS News - October 2019

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).
You have a research idea. What next?

We support researchers to develop applications to the NIHR and other national funders of applied health and social care research. If you have a research idea, we can offer free advice and support to develop your idea into a competitive funding application.

Whether you are at the very beginning of your research design journey (if you are looking for a suitable funding stream, for example), or if you are one click away from submitting your funding application, we are here to support you. Contacting us in the early days of your application writing is preferable, but we will endeavour to help you towards a successful award regardless of where you are in the application process.

Find out more about how we can help.
NIHR launches free online course: What is Health Research?

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has launched a new online course called ‘What is Health Research?’ The Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, has been been designed in collaboration with the University of Leeds Digital Education Service and Futurelearn. 

The three week course is aimed at patients, public, carers and anyone with a keen interest in learning more about the world of health research. Learners can complete the course at their own pace. Find out more.
Number of participants in NIHR-supported research exceeds one million for the first time

The number of participants in health and social care research studies supported by the NIHR has increased by more than 20% to top one million for the first time.

Figures released by the NIHR this week show that 1,015,487 participants took part in NIHR-supported research studies in England during the 2018/19 financial year. This compares to 835,904 in 2017/18, so the latest figure is an increase of 21.5%. 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.
Future research calls

NIHR is considering the following topics for future research:
  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme: commissioned research
  • Cross-programme call:
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