RDS News - March 2015

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).
The RDS - a national service

Did you know that the RDS South West is part of a network of regional services around the country making up the national RDS? RDS advisers in bases across England offer a unique breadth of experience and a proven track record in improving research applications. Advice is confidential and free of charge.

We enjoyed continued success in 2013/14; working with more research teams, supporting more submissions and increasing the success rate of submissions along with an overwhelming response by research teams on the value of the RDS contribution to their projects.
To find out more take a look at the
RDS Annual Review for 2013/14our leaflet, or visit our website. To stay up-to-date on the latest RDS events, news and funding opportunities follow us on Twitter.
NIHR New Media Competition
Round 5 of the NIHR New Media Competition has now launched. If you are involved in NIHR Research (as a researcher, a patient or a member of the public) and are interested in communicating this research, then you may like to enter the NIHR New Media Competition.  
  • Communicate the clinical/applied health/social care research that you are involved in
  • Enthuse audiences about the research that you are involved in (the target audience may be for example patients, researchers, colleagues,  your friends and family, children, the elderly, the general public.
  • Get creative and use your media skills to get the NIHR message about research out.
  • Win prizes
The competition closes at midnight on Tuesday 31 March 2015. Find out more.
Benefits Advice Service for involvement in research
A new confidential service has recently been launched, from the NIHR in partnership with others, offering personal advice and support on how payment of fees and expenses for public involvement might affect people in receipt of state benefits.

It is suitable for members of the public involved with NIHR organisations, or NIHR funded research projects, and staff within NIHR organisations who are supporting members of the public to get involved. 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.
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme
The HTA Programme is currently accepting applications to the following workstreams:

For this round they are particularly interested in receiving applications for clinical and applied health research into end of life care. The area of mesothelioma research continues to be of national importance. Applications in this area are also welcome through the researcher-led workstream.
Read more and apply.

Commissioned - in the areas of primary research and evidence synthesis:
  • 14/224 - Opioids in chronic non-malignant pain
  • 14/226 - Septoplasty for a deviated nasal septum
  • 14/230 - L-ornithine-l-aspartate (LOLA) and/or Rifaximin for acute hepatic encephalopathy in patients with cirrhosis
The closing date for applications is 1pm, 12 May 2015. Read more and apply.

Commissioning briefs of continuing interest:
  • 14/227 - HbA1c targets for patients with type 2 diabetes
  • 14/228 - What is the best way to deliver pre-operative smoking cessation interventions
  • 14/229 - Mechanical Insufflation-Exsufflation devices for assisted cough in neuromuscular disease
The closing date for applications is 13 May 2015, by 1pm. Read more and apply.
Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme - Invitation for Applications
Applications are invited for RfPB proposals which are related to the day-to-day practice of health service staff and are concerned with having an impact on the health or well-being of patients and users of the NHS on a wide range of issues.

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.

RfPB applications for the call for research into multimorbidities in older people can be made through Competition 27. The closing date for applications is 20 May 2015, by 1pm. Read more and apply.
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