RDS News - June 2014

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).
Introduction to Research Funding -
Lunchtime Seminars


Are you thinking of applying for an applied health research grant? The Research Design Service is offering free lunchtime seminars that will provide an outline of the NIHR funding that's currently available, and tips on how to get funded.
 
Plymouth: Thursday 26 June 2014 12.00 - 2.30 pm
Torbay: Wednesday 2 July 2014 12.00 - 2.30 pm
Truro: Thursday 3 July 2014 12.00 - 2.00 pm
Exeter: Friday 4 July 2014 12.00 - 2.30 pm

The seminars are open to health professionals and academic partners working within the South West who are interested in preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. Ideally you need to book your place online in advance and indicate which venue you wish to attend, however you can just turn up on the day.

To find out more and to view/download a programme, visit the RDS website, or contact us at rds-sw@tst.nhs.uk or 01823 342792.
'Make it Clear' Campaign
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is committed to making sure that each research study it funds has a clear and concise plain English summary. It is important that this information explains the research as a whole and is easy to read and understand.

Since 14 May 2014 a good quality plain English summary, submitted as part of the standard application form is a requirement of NIHR funding.  The INVOLVE website have some excellent resources that will aid with this.
Resources for public contributors
NIHR have developed some online resources for public contributors which include:
  • Glossary
  • Useful information for public contributors
  • Publications
  • Guidance on expenses payments
  • PPI Framework
These resources are still being developed, and they would welcome your suggestions - please email netsppi@southampton.ac.uk if there is something that you would find useful there.
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.
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme
The EME Programme evaluates research into the clinical efficacy of an intervention, where proof of concept in humans has already been achieved.

Researcher-led workstream
Applicants can submit outline proposals to the EME researcher-led workstream throughout the year. The next closing date is 1pm 17 June 2014. For more information and to access the outline proposal form and guidance notes, please visit the EME website.

Proposed research areas for 2014/15 EME commissioned calls
The following broad areas are likely to be commissioned during the next year, although the titles and timings may be subject to change. The individual commissioning briefs, which will be published when the calls open, will define the details of the calls. Please see the EME website for up to date details.
  • Bowel control and faecal incontinence in adults (June 2014)
  • Wound healing (June 2014)
  • Renal failure resulting from intrinsic renal diseases (June 2014)
  • Pituitary and/or adrenal disorders and related diseases (June 2014)
  • Novel endoscopic optical imaging interventions and technologies (October 2014)
  • Renal failure resulting from intrinsic renal diseases (October 2014)
  • Pituitary and/or adrenal disorders and related diseases (October 2014)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (October 2014)
  • Bone metabolism including parathyroid disorders (October 2014)
  • Interventions for hyperkinetic movement disorders including drug-induced dyskinesias (October 2014)
  • Metabolic liver disease (including NAFLD) (February 2015)
Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme
The HS&DR Programme is accepting applications to its researcher-led workstream. The deadline for applications is 1pm, 25 September 2014.

For this funding round, HS&DR are interested in receiving outline applications to the researcher-led workstream which address knowledge gaps relating to community pharmacies, and opportunities for these to make a contribution to people’s health and wellbeing. To find out more visit the HS&DR website.
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme
The HTA Programme is the largest of the NIHR programmes and funds independent research about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS. The HTA Programme funds studies via a number of routes including commissioned and researcher-led workstreams and proposals are invited in the following areas: 

Commissioned funding stream
Proposals are invited on a range of HTA research questions for both evidence synthesis and primary research. Full details including guidance for applicants are available on the website. The next round of commissioned call topics will open in early July.

Researcher-led funding stream
The HTA Programme currently has two calls open interested in receiving applications on research questions you have identified:

Applications in any clinical research area using any of the study designs described on the HTA remit page can be submitted on an ongoing basis. Applications are considered three times a year. The next deadline for proposals is 1pm on 8 September 2014. For more details and how to apply, please visit the HTA researcher-led webpage.

Additionally HTA have a further researcher-led call which is particularly interested in receiving applications research using efficient study designs. Research proposals submitted to this call should demonstrate particular design features to allow either more rapid conduct and/or lower costs when benchmarked against conventional pragmatic multicentre trials, while still providing data sufficiently robust to guide NHS or patient decisions. A webinar is available to support applicants to this call. The closing date for applications is 1pm on 16 July 2014.
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