RDS News - August 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).
Research Advice Clinics

- Are you a healthcare professional with a great idea for research in health or social care?

- Would you like some advice on developing a funding application?

Through September and October we will be holding research advice clinics at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford).

Come along for an informal chat about your research ideas with our advisers. No booking necessary - dates and times will soon be confirmed here.

In the meantime, if you would like to find out more contact us on 01823 342792 or rds.sw@nihr.ac.uk
Every NHS trust in England is now research-active

All 240 NHS trusts in England are research-active, as reported in the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) annual performance report 2015/16.

Patients cared for in research-active acute NHS trusts have better patient outcomes, as supported by a study published in 2015. Research provides evidence about “what works” so that treatments for patients can be improved. Last year alone, 605,596 people took part in clinical research studies.

Jonathan Sheffield, Chief Executive, NIHR CRN: “This is a fantastic achievement for the NHS as a whole and shows a real desire by the NHS to improve care for our patients through, and as a result of, research activity."  Find out more.
New online Public Involvement forum

The Cicely Saunders Institute has recently developed an online public involvement forum having recognised that face-to-face collaboration isn’t always possible for those that want to be involved.

The forum launched in June and is the first of its kind in palliative care and rehabilitation research. Anyone can become a member and the institute are specifically inviting those with experience of palliative care, either as a patient, family member, friend or carer. 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.
Policy Research Programme (PRP)

The Department of Health (DH) Policy Research Programme (PRP) is a national research-funding programme. It commissions high quality research to meet the needs of Ministers and national policymakers in DH and its health and social care system partners and helps to deliver better outcomes for users of health and care services and their carers.

DH PRP invites expressions of interest in the following areas:
  • Second Joint Call for the European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs:
    Society and Responses to Drug Use
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 18 October. Read more and apply.
Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme

RfPB is a national, response-mode programme inspired by patients and practice to generate high quality research for the benefit of users of the NHS in England. Its main purpose is to realise, through evidence, the huge potential for improving, expanding and strengthening the way that healthcare is delivered for patients, the public and the NHS.

RfPB Competition 31 is now open for applications. This competition will operate a two-stage application process with a shortened application form for Stage 1. For further details on the changes to RfPB and this Competition please see the Renewed RfPB Programme document.

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 23 November. Read more and apply.
Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)

Programme Grants for Applied Research provide funding for major programmes of research that are a priority for the NHS. These awards support work that will deliver findings with practical application, typically through improved healthcare or better healthcare delivery, within three to five years of a programme’s end.

PGfAR is accepting applications to:
  • Competition 22, Stage 1
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 29 November. Read more and apply.
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