RDS News - February 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 - deadline approaching

Are you planning to submit a grant application to NIHR? Places are still available on our one-day information event on 24 March in Bournemouth which aims to help you improve your chances of success.

Come and hear 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 us. 

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.

Register by 16 March 2020.
NIHR and UKRI launch £20 million funding call for novel coronavirus research

Researchers are being invited to submit proposals for projects to tackle the novel coronavirus outbreak, in a £20 million ‘rapid response’ initiative funded jointly by the NIHR, and UK Research and Innovation.

Funding is available for UK-led academic, small - and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and wider industry research that could make a significant contribution to the understanding, diagnosis, prevention and management of the virus, including the study of behaviours that may contribute to how it is spread and can be contained.
Consultation now open: How can we achieve Open Access to research publications?

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced a nine week consultation to inform their proposed Open Access policy. Open Access aims to make the published findings of publicly-funded research freely available online as soon as possible, in ways that will maximise re-use.

The consultation launched on 13 February 2020 and closes at noon on 17 April 2020. 
Find out more.
Largest analysis of UK health research funding published

A report led by the MRC on behalf of the Clinical Research Collaboration has been published recently, which delivers the most comprehensive analysis of UK health research funding ever compiled. The report is the fourth in a series that charts changes in health research over the last 14 years.

It notes that main areas to receive the highest increases in proportion of investment were research activities important for translation - research that aids translating scientific discoveries into new treatments and healthcare benefits. Early detection of disease and the development and evaluation of new treatments were the main areas that received increased funding, totalling £548 million over 14 years. 

Find out more.
Different ways to take part in research

Taking part in research isn't just about clinical trials. There are many ways to help. The NIHR have produced a short video to show there really is something for everyone

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
Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Programme
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