RDS News - March 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 - deadline approaching

Are you planning to submit a grant application to NIHR? Places are still available on our one-day information event on 27 March in Exeter 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 an RDS adviser.

This event is FREE and refreshments and lunch will be provided. 
Register by 19 March 2018.
The story of RfPB

The Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme launched its first call in July 2006 with the aim of funding research projects in health and social care to improve, expand and strengthen the way that healthcare is delivered for patients, the public and the NHS.

To date the RfPB Programme has provided a platform for research success nationwide, enabling teams to answer the questions that matter at the frontline of health and social care.

Visit the NIHR website to find out about some
of these, and hear from the Programme Director, Professor Sue Ziebland,
as she discusses the future of the programme.
EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): Impact on research

The rules for handling information relating to research participants will change on 25 May 2018, when the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. The Heath Research Authority has published detailed guidance about operational arrangements that researchers and organisations may need to put in place.

The guidance is published as a living document that will be updated over the coming weeks. The HRA will update their website as updated versions are published.

Find out more.
Public involvement experiences of adults with learning disabilities and parent carers
Researchers from St George’s, University of London, have recently completed a three-year project alongside people with learning disabilities and parent carers.

Together they have worked on a number of studies related to the health of adults who have a learning disability. Results include six publications which are now available. Find out more.
NIHR website survey - have your say
NIHR need your help! Their website is showing its age and they would love to gather some thoughts on how they can improve it. It’s really important that everyone who uses the site has a chance to tell NIHR about improvements they would like to see. Your thoughts are invaluable in ensuring that the site works well for everyone.

If you could spare five minutes to complete a quick, five question survey before 16 March 2018, they would be very grateful. NIHR will also be forming digital feedback groups later this year, so if you’d like to be involved in one, please email netsweb@nihr.ac.uk
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 Policy Research Programme (PRP) Round 20

The Policy Research Programme (PRP) commissions high quality research and delivers robust, relevant, timely, accessible and intelligible evidence to ministers and Arms-Length Bodies (ALBs). The PRP works closely with the Department of Health to support policy makers in England to make informed decisions for the benefit of the general population, patients and the NHS.

There are three calls within Round 20 for the Policy Research Programme. Please below for a short description of each call and the research specification:
  • Barriers and enablers to attendance at screening for diabetic retinopathy
  • Understanding the scale and nature of avoidable harm in prison healthcare
  • Congenital heart disease (CHD) – outcomes and quality measures
The closing date for applications is 1.00pm, 17 April 2018. Find out more and apply.
NIHR Mental Health Themed Call webinar

A webinar to support applications to the Mental Health Themed Call will be held on Tuesday 1 May 2018, at 12:00 noon. Register your interest.
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