RDS News - June 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).
Places still available: NIHR Grant Applications Seminar & Support Event

Are you planning to submit a grant application to NIHR? Places are still available on our free one-day information event on 26 June in Bournemouth which aims to help you improve your chances of success.

Come and hear Simon Goodwin, RfPB Programme Manager for the South West, and RDS advisers give presentations on what makes a good grant proposal. 

One-to-one appointments are also available if you would like to discuss your research proposal with Simon and/or a RDS adviser. 

The team leading the event has a wealth of experience in working collaboratively to develop grant applications for open, national, peer reviewed funding streams. They are also peer reviewers for national grant giving bodies. 

There is no charge for this event and refreshments and lunch will be provided. Join us and find out how to turn a good application into an excellent one. Register by 1pm, 18 June.
New Programme Director announced for NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)

Professor Elaine Hay has been appointed as the new Programme Director for NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR).

NIHR PGfAR funds large, multidisciplinary programmes of research that will have practical benefits for patients and the NHS within three to five years.

Professor Hay’s priorities for the programme include developing and delivering a scientific strategy that addresses NHS England priorities and the major health challenges identified in the Futures of Health report and supporting applications that demonstrate a shift from the traditional disease-based approach to research to one that takes a broader, holistic perspective and works across clinical, organisational and professional boundaries. Find out more.
Supporting Research in the NHS:
A consultation

This consultation sets out proposals for how NHS England, The Department of Health and the Health Research Authority (HRA), working together, will implement changes to simplify NHS research proposals to:
  • Manage excess treatment costs better
  • Further improve commercial clinical research set-up and reporting
Find out more.
Public urged to take part in clinical research to find new NHS treatments
Only 14% of people have ever taken part in a clinical trial, despite 85% saying they want to help the NHS find better treatments.

Based on these data from a survey of 2,000 UK adults, the NIHR has issued a call for more people to join clinical trials and get involved in research.

Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Patients, Carers and the Public, said: “Research has played a massive part in transforming the healthcare that patients have access to today – from the discovery of penicillin to the production of the contraceptive pill – and it remains one of our best chances to develop the care and treatment we receive in the future.”

“It’s encouraging that so many people support finding ways in which the NHS can provide better treatments, but we urgently need more people to get involved in clinical research if we want to continue offering our patients world-leading healthcare.”

The survey also reveals a number of public misconceptions. 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.
Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) - Competition 27

PGfAR funds research studies requiring a multidisciplinary approach that will have practical application for the benefit of patients and the NHS, typically through improved healthcare or better healthcare delivery in the relatively near future (within three to five years of a programme’s end)

Applications are invited for Stage 1 research proposals to develop individual programmes. The closing date is 1.00pm, 25 July 2018. Find out more and apply.
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