RDS News - May 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).
NIHR Fellowship Application Day

Are you thinking of applying to Round 10 of the NIHR Fellowships Programme in January 2017? The RDS is running a Fellowship Application Day in Southampton on 7 June that’s open to all in the South West, South Central and South East regions.
The event will be specifically tailored to those applying to the Doctoral and the Post-Doctoral levels of the generic Fellowship Programmes.  However, the information presented will be generalisable and can be applied to different levels, e.g. the Career Development Fellowship level.
This event is hosted by the RDS South Central and if you would like to attend, you will need to register by 5 June 2016. Find out more.
Positive changes resulting from NIHR’s support of research

To mark its tenth anniversary, NIHR commissioned the Policy Research in Science and Medicine (PRiSM) unit to consider the question: ‘What are the ways in which NIHR has benefited the health research landscape in the past ten years?’ The subsequent report identifies and celebrates 100 examples of positive change resulting from NIHR’s support of research.

The report draws together - for the first time - examples of the breadth of NIHR's impacts in a single resource. It will be of interest to healthcare professionals involved in research, academics working in health and social care, and members of the public wishing to understand the value of research in the NHS and the wider health and care system. 
Read the report here.
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC):
Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has worked with University of Leeds and Future Learn to develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) available free of charge to anyone wanting to understand more about clinical research. 

The course is entitled 'Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research' and was first launched across the CRN in November 2015, which attracted over 8,000 people. Building on the success of the last MOOC, the Network is launching the MOOC again. The course will run from 6 June 2016 and people can sign up now to register. The course is free, online and runs over a four week period. It includes:
  • Learning about the roles of different members of a research team
  • Hearing from people who have taken part in clinical research studies
  • The ethical and scientific principles that underpin the research process
  • Getting a better understanding of the challenges of conducting clinical research and the benefits to modern healthcare
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.
Tackling antimicrobial resistance: inviting applications

The ESRC, in partnership with the NIHR, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) are pleased to invite applications for cross disciplinary proposals on the topic of behaviour relating to antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

An optional networking and information event, where applicants can gain additional information and meet potential collaborators, will be held in London on 14 June 2016.

The closing dates for applications are:
  • Pump priming proposals: 4.00pm, 20 July 2016
  • Collaborative grants: 4.00pm, 8 September 2016
Read more and apply.
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme - Commissioned call
The HTA Programme supports research that is immediately useful to patients, clinical practice, and policy or decision makers. HTA research is undertaken when evidence exists to show that a technology can be effective. The purpose of an HTA study is to establish the clinical and cost-effectiveness for the NHS in comparison with the current best alternative(s).  A study may also investigate uncertainty around a technology’s place in the existing care pathway.

The HTA Programme is accepting applications on the following commissioning briefs, in the area of primary research:
  • 16/24 Biological response modifier drugs for rare autoimmune diseases
  • 16/25 Poorly controlled diabetes and outcomes of elective surgery
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 15 September 2016. Read more and apply.
Public Health Research (PHR) Programme - Commissioned call
The PHR Programme funds research to generate evidence to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions, specifically, it provides new knowledge on the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health.

The PHR Programme is accepting outline applications to their commissioned workstream for the following topics:
  • 16/39 Mid-life and physical exercise
  • 16/40 Preventing road injuries
  • 16/41 Sedentary behaviour
  • 16/50 Sun exposure
The closing date for applications is 1pm, 5 December 2016. Read more and apply.
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