RDS News - February 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

27 March 2018 - Exeter, Devon

Are you planning to submit a grant application to NIHR? We are holding a one-day event in Exeter 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, 19 March 2018. Find out more.
New strategy supports Allied Health Professionals to ‘blaze a trail in research’

Allied Health Professionals already play a vital role in the delivery of high quality, patient centred clinical research, a new strategy published today by the NIHR Clinical Research Network looks to build on that strong foundation. Find out more.
Patient and public involvement and engagement progress across NIHR infrastructure
Every year, over 100 NIHR funded Centres, Facilities, Units, Schools and others provide an annual progress report to the NIHR. These reports are a source of valuable information that allows the NIHR to review performance, enable decision making on future funding requirements, answer Parliamentary Questions, prepare briefings for Ministers, and respond to other requests for information.

There is a patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) section in annual reports that asks for a brief summary of progress to date in implementing PPIE strategies.

For the last three years, NIHR has extracted and compiled the PPIE sections of annual reports and made them publicly available. The main aim in doing this is to support and promote the sharing of knowledge, learning and good practice across the NIHR and beyond.

Click here to read the 2016/17 PPIE annual reports.
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 i4i Mental Health Challenge Award 2018

Applications are invited for the 2018 Invention for Innovation (i4i) Challenge Awards for the development of innovative technological solutions which can influence the patient care pathway and improve patient outcomes for mental health conditions

The closing date for applications is 1.00pm, 4 April 2018. Find out more and apply.
Programme Development Grants - Competition 21

Applications are invited for Programme Development Grant funding. Programme Development Grants are designed to increase the rate and number of successful applications for a full Programme Grant by supporting the completion of the necessary preparatory work to suitably position the research team to submit a competitive Programme Grant application. 

The closing date for applications is 1.00pm, 28 March 2018. Find out more and apply.
ESRC-NIHR dementia research initiative 2018 - outline call

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the NIHR are pleased to invite outline proposals to undertake social science research to support innovation in dementia prevention, interventions and care delivery. They are seeking to fund large grants which will be national or international focal points for social science research in dementia, making a significant contribution to scientific, economic and societal impact. 

The closing date for applications is 4.00pm, 15 March 2018. Find out more and apply.
Cross-disciplinary mental health network plus call

The ESRC is pleased to announce the cross-disciplinary mental health network plus call. The aim of the call is to encourage the creation of multi-disciplinary networks that cross the remit boundaries of the research councils. These networks will address important mental health research questions that require an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to accelerate progress; to build cross-disciplinary research capacity in the field; and to strengthen the UK mental health research base.

The closing date for applications is 4.00pm, 22 March 2018. Find out more and apply.
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