RDS News - April 2021

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).
Would you like the RDS to review your draft application prior to submission?

Our Project Review Committee (PRC) provides an excellent opportunity for you to obtain detailed feedback on your draft grant application prior to submission to the funding body. The panel of RDS advisers and public contributors 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.

We provide detailed feedback and suggestions for improving the competitiveness of the application. Our PRC meets on the third Tuesday of each month - if you would like to arrange for your application to be reviewed, book early to secure a slot. Find out more
NIHR launches new funding competition to drive innovation in health research

The NIHR has launched a new competition that will fund research to translate lab-based discoveries into new treatments, diagnostics and medical technologies for patients. The funding will bring together academics and doctors to translate advances in biomedical research into benefits for patients and the health system.

The new NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) funding will support partnerships between universities and NHS hospitals to drive innovation in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of ill-health. Find out more.
Four thousand UK volunteers needed for latest COVID-19 vaccine study

4,000 volunteers are set to be recruited to the latest vaccine study running in the UK, examining a new COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Developed by specialty vaccine company Valneva, the vaccine is being manufactured at the company’s site in Livingston, West Lothian. It is the only inactivated, adjuvanted (an ingredient to create a strong immune response) COVID-19 vaccine in clinical development in Europe.

The study will be running across 22 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) sites in England, and two sites in Scotland, and is open to healthy adults who have not had a previous COVID-19 vaccine. Find out more.
Briefing notes for researchers - public involvement in NHS,
health and social care research

This guidance is for researchers new to public involvement in research and just starting to consider how best to involve members of the public in their work. It will also be of interest to researchers with experience of public involvement in research who are looking to update and refresh their knowledge and skills. And it will be helpful to others interested in public involvement in research, including involvement leads.

This guidance explains the different ways that members of the public are involved in research. It will help you to plan, resource and support public involvement 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.
Latest NIHR funding calls

Public Health Research (PHR) Programme
Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST)
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