RDS News - June 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 Fellowships
Introductory Webinar

The RDS and NIHR are jointly hosting a Fellowship Programme webinar on Thursday 16 June at 11am.
This is a webinar for aspiring NIHR Fellowship award holders ahead of the launch of round 10 of the programme later in the year. The webinar is aimed at clinicians, allied health professionals and health researchers who wish to learn more about personal training awards.
It will be jointly hosted by the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (TCC) and the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) and will include:
  • an overview of the NIHR Fellowship programmes and eligibility requirements
  • a guide to the scope of research projects that are suitable for Fellowship schemes
  • an overview of the support offered by the NIHR RDS
  • things to consider before applying for an NIHR Fellowship and designing a research project.
As this is a live webinar, attendees will be able to send questions in to the speakers and we will try to answer as many as possible during the webinar. We encourage you to send your question in advance, please email tcc@nihr.ac.uk with the subject: ‘Fellowship programmes webinar question’. Register for the webinar here.
Beyond a paper; How to get your research (and you) out there!

A webinar, 'Beyond a paper; how to get you (and your research) out there!', is now available to view online.  Presented by Professor Michael Trenell, NIHR Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University, the webinar examines how social and other media can help researchers communicate on TV and twitter and everything in between.
The webinar is aimed at aspiring and current NIHR trainees as well as other researchers who wish to learn more about the opportunities that social media channels provide. The talk covers:
  • practical advice on social and new media tools
  • ideas on how to include new media tools in research communication plans
  • a live Q&A session
The webinar recording can be viewed by registering here.
Standards for patient and public involvement

Working in partnership with colleagues across the NIHR community, the Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) and INVOLVE are leading a project to develop NIHR-wide organisational standards for patient and public involvement (PPI).  Following an exploratory workshop held on 17 March 2016, a report summarising key discussion points and outlining the development of next steps was published:  'NIHR standards for patient and public involvement: Exploring why and how to develop and use them.'

A second report 'The public as our partners: Highlights from 2015/16', acknowledging and thanking CCF’s public contributors, past and present, for 10 years of involvement was released on International Clinical Trials Day 2016.  It includes highlights of three of CCF’s patient and public involvement and engagement activities and how they make a difference, as well as flagging new projects for the coming year.
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 Development Grants - Invitation for Applications
Applications are invited for Programme Development Grant funding. Programme Development Grants are designed to increase the rate and number of successful applications for a full Programme Grant by supporting the completion of the necessary preparatory work to suitably position the research team to submit a competitive Stage 2 Programme Grant application.

Individual awards are for a maximum of £100k over a period of six to eighteen months. The amount of funding awarded, however, is determined by the scale and nature of the research activity to be conducted. Successful applicants, on completion of their development work, may proceed straight to a Stage 2 Programme Grant application.
  • Competition 16 closes: 1pm, 22 July 2016
Read more and apply.
Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme Competition 30 - invitation for applications
The RfPB programme invites research proposals which are related to the day-to-day practice of health service staff and is concerned with having an impact on the health or well-being of patients and users of the NHS. As a responsive rather than a commissioning programme, RfPB does not seek to name specific topic areas and welcomes applications on a wide range of issues and aims to fund high quality research that will be directed at achieving benefit for users of the NHS in England.

The programme supports applications which are regionally derived and applications which have emerged from interaction with patients and the public, which relate to patient and service user experience, and which have been drawn up in association with a relevant group of service users.

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 3 August 2016. 
Read more and apply.
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme - Commissioned call
The EME Programme funds clinical efficacy studies.  The studies we support usually test if an intervention works as expected in a well-defined population or group of patients.  The Programme also provides an opportunity to use clinical studies to understand disease or treatment mechanisms, which may in turn lead to improvements in health and patient care.

The EME Programme is accepting applications for the following topic in their commissioned work stream:
  • 16/61 Evaluation of new surgical procedures through the use of novel study designs
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 1 November 2016. Read more and apply.
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