RDS News - January 2014

Happy New Year and welcome to the e-bulletin 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).

Free RDS workshop - now accepting applications
- Are you thinking of applying for a research grant?

- Would you like guidance on improving your chances of success at getting funded?

The Grant Applications Workshop, run by the Research Design Service South West, is designed to help you make your application as persuasive as possible. This free one-day workshop will next be held on Tuesday 1 April 2014 at Taunton Racecourse, Somerset. The deadline for receipt of completed application forms and research proposals is 1pm Monday 3 March 2014.

To find out more about the workshop and the application process visit on our Grant Applications Workshop webpages, or
contact us at rds-sw@tst.nhs.uk or 01823 342792.
Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) - NIHR and INVOLVE webinar
The NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR) and INVOLVE are holding their second in a series of webinars (web-based seminars) on Monday 20 January 2014 at 12:00 to 13:00.  This second webinar discusses the involvement of Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) Groups in research. Find out more.
360˚ of Health Data: Harnessing big data for better health
With the explosive growth in health and biomedical data, the ‘big data’ era has arrived in medicine. The potential benefits for health and wealth creation are significant, but to realise them will require effective partnerships between industry, academia and the health service, and with patients.

The 2013 ABPI-NIHR R&D conference, ‘360° of Health Data: Harnessing big data for better health’, brought together representatives from all these sectors to review the exciting work being undertaken to harness the UK’s outstanding data resources, and to discuss how further progress can be made.
The conference report is now available to read.
Latest funding calls and other opportunities
Funding deadline calendar
For an overview of NIHR calls and ongoing funding opportunities, please see our online funding deadline calendar.
Upcoming call and competition deadlines
The following NIHR call and competition deadlines are fast approaching. Each is also accepting applications to the Antimicrobial Resistance themed call.
Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)
Competition 23 now open
Deadline: 22 January 2014
 
PGfAR
Competition 16 now open
Deadline:
18 March 2014
Programme Development Grants 
Competition 11 now open
Deadline: 4 March 2014
NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme: New commissioned calls
The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is aimed at supporting “science driven” studies with the expectation of substantial health gain. The following new commissioned calls are now open:
 
Tests for assessing the risk of
pre-eclampsia

Deadline: 3 March 2014.
Stratified medicine in non-cancerous conditions
Deadline: 3 June 2014
You can register for one of the EME webinars to learn more about these calls:
- Tests for assessing the risk of pre-eclampsia - 30 January 2014, 15:00-15:45
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Stratified medicine in non-cancerous conditions - 25 March 2014, 11:00-11:45

You can also read the EME Programme remit and the commissioning brief to check if your innovation fits. If your proposal doesn’t fit these specific topics, please review other EME commissioned calls or you may wish to consider applying through the researcher-led work stream. You can also watch the tips for success video for advice on making an application.
NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme
The PHR Programme will be running a webinar about the programme and commonly-made mistakes at 10.30am, 12 February 2014. They are encouraging anyone planning to make or be involved in a funding application to the PHR Programme to register. Please visit the PHR website for further details and apply to join the webinar before 3 February 2014.
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