RDS News - July 2016

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).
South West researchers join national Grant Writing Retreat

In June the RDS hosted the first national Grant Writing Retreat. Teams of researchers gathered in Bath for an intensive week focused on developing high quality research proposals. Two teams from the South West were among those who attended.

The purpose of the Retreat is to give busy professionals dedicated time to rapidly progress their research idea into fundable proposals. See #RDSretreat on Twitter for news and photos.
New survey launches to prioritise research into alcohol-related liver disease

Can you help? NIHR are inviting anyone affected by alcohol-related liver disease to help shape the research agenda. A NIHR and British Society of Gastroenterology funded Priority Setting Partnership (PSP), organised through the James Lind Alliance (JLA) has collected research questions about alcohol-related liver disease, and have launched a new survey to establish which questions are most important.

The 25-30 top questions will be taken to a workshop later in the year where they will be discussed and prioritised by patients, carers and health professionals to agree a final top 10 list. That Top 10 will be available for researchers and research funders to encourage new research focused on alcohol-related liver disease. Find out more.
Incontinence research workshop

A group of medical research charities is currently developing a free, one-day workshop aimed at increasing the amount of research into incontinence in people with long-term health conditions.

Incontinence has been highlighted as an important issue for patients, carers and health professionals across James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships in Parkinson's, Palliative and end of life care, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Dementia, and MS. The charities want to encourage researchers to answer the questions which are most important to those people who live with, or treat, incontinence every day. ​ 

The purpose of the workshop is to provide advice and facilitate discussion for researchers who are considering, planning or actively seeking funding for incontinence research.

What do you think would make the workshop as effective as possible?  Please take 5 minutes to share your thoughts in this survey by 1st August 2016.

You can complete the survey anonymously, but please include your name and contact details if you would like to receive more information about the workshop. Please pass this on to anyone else who you think would be interested in giving their views.
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.
Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) - New Director's Message

Programme Director Professor Paul Little has released a second message to provide an update on the changes made to the scheme, and highlight how the PGfAR Programme remains uniquely placed to address complex health care problems. In his message he:
  • provides an update of the impact of the key changes made to the scheme
  • details introduction of a new light touch process to further help applicants thinking of applying
  • re-emphasises the move to three calls per year
  • describes the types and range of research welcomed by the scheme.
Read the whole message here or view the Tips page for further information.   
Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships

A one-hour webinar about the NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship (KMRF) Programme took place on 7 July and a recording of the webinar is now available. This is a webinar for aspiring NIHR KMRF award holders ahead of the launch of round 5 of the programme on 20 July 2016.
The webinar covered:
  • an overview of Knowledge Mobilisation and the NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellowship Programme
  • eligibility requirements of the programme
  • previous applications
  • things to consider before applying for the award (hints and tips)
  • a live Q&A session.
NIHR also recently filmed three of their current KMR Fellows who helped explain the award and talked about their own experience as an NIHR trainee:

1. Vicky Ward
2. Joe Langley
3. Janet Harris
Changes to NIHR Fellowship Deadlines
Please note that the submission dates have been amended for the upcoming Round 10 Fellowship call from the NIHR. 
The exact details will be announced when the call is open in October 2016; however the NIHR website does state "For round 10 we will be closing the post doc levels the week before Christmas (exact date to be confirmed) and the doctoral level applications in mid-January 2017."
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