RDS News - January 2020

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

24 March 2020 - Bournemouth University

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

The morning seminar session is open to anyone to come and hear RDS advisers give presentations on what makes a good grant proposal. Topics covered will include:
  • what does the NIHR look for?
  • the application as a marketing document: selling the topic, selling the method, and selling the team
  • the team
  • public involvement
  • 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, 16 March 2020. Find out more.
NIHR joins colleagues to improve UK research culture

Results of a survey of over 4,000 researchers, published by Wellcome Trust, have revealed high levels of stress and insecurity with many researchers experiencing long hours and aggressive working conditions. The survey was published as part of their initiative to reimagine research and improve the culture for all.

The next steps of Wellcome’s Research Culture work include a series of town hall meetings at universities across the UK to discuss the issues raised in the survey and will culminate in a 'Reimagine Research' summit in London in March. 
Find out more.
New UK Standards for Public Involvement in research

The NIHR has released new UK Standards for Public Involvement, designed to improve the quality and consistency of public involvement in research.

The standards are for everyone doing health or social care research and have been tested by over 40 individuals, groups and organisations during a year-long pilot programme. They provide guidance and reassurance for users working towards achieving their own best practice. 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.
Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme
20/02 - Health Services and Delivery Research Programme Researcher-led (standard)
20/03 - Health Services and Delivery Research Programme Researcher-led (evidence synthesis)
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme
20/04 - Building clinical trials experience: Applications to lead an EME-funded clinical efficacy study as part of an NIHR Advanced Fellowship
Public Health Research (PHR) Programme
20/06 - Reducing health inequalities in coastal towns and communities
20/07 - Mobile data for public health
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