RDS News - October 2014

Welcome to the e-bulletin 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).
Residential Research Retreat - now accepting applications
  • Do you have a great idea for a research project?
  • Do you need to apply for significant research funding?
  • Do you need a sustained period of quality time with dedicated support to develop your research project?
The RDS South West is offering a unique opportunity to researchers in health and health care across the South West of England. Your team could win a place on the Residential Research Retreat, which will be held at the Ammerdown Conference Centre, near Bath in Somerset from 31 May to 5 June 2015 inclusive. The deadline for applications is 1pm Wednesday 7 January 2015.
The Retreat provides an opportunity for research teams to develop high quality research proposals suitable for submission to national peer-reviewed funding schemes. The aim of the Retreat is to provide the environment and support to promote rapid progress in developing proposals over a relatively short time period. This Retreat is open to health professionals and academic partners working within the South West.

To find out more visit our Residential Research Retreat webpages, or contact us at rds.sw@nihr.ac.uk or 01823 342792.
New EU Clinical Trials Regulation
The new EU Clinical Trials Regulation entered into force on 16 June 2014, introducing a raft of changes to the existing EU Directive. The NHS European Office has published a briefing explaining some of the important changes the new EU Clinical Trials Regulation will bring and how NHS research and patients will benefit.
Infographic has also been produced which shows key facts and figures relating to the changes to the regulation.. You can also read the blog on the new EU Regulation. Further information can be found on the NHS European Office’s Clinical Trials webpage.
New application process for the HTA Programme

In response to feedback from its stakeholders, the HTA (Health Technology Assessment) programme is pleased to announce that it will be piloting a new application form for the remainder of 2014 and into 2015. This new form will be set out as an Expression of Interest (EoI) and will replace the current outline proposal form for the duration of the pilot. The form is launched with the September Clinical Evaluation and Trials call and the forthcoming Commissioned call, due to launch in early November. Find out more.

A webinar will be organised to provide potential applicants with guidance in the use of the new application form. If you would like to attend, please register your interest.
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.
Mesothelioma themed call
The NIHR welcomes proposals for clinical and applied health research into mesothelioma. NIHR operates a number of research funding schemes and would like to receive high quality proposals on any aspect of mesothelioma, its prevention, earlier diagnosis, treatment or care (including palliative care) – where there are likely to be benefits for patients or their families, within 5 years of the end of the research.

The following NIHR-managed research programmes are participating:
  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) 
  • Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)
  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
  • Invention for Innovation (i4i) 
  • Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)
  • Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)
  • NIHR Fellowships Programme
  • NIHR Research Professorships
Find out more on the NIHR Themed Calls website.
NIHR Research Professorships Round 5 has now launched
Nominations are now invited for a limited number of prestigious NIHR Research Professorships.  This scheme is open to Higher Education Institutions in partnership with NHS organisations, based in England only.

Up to five NIHR Research Professorships will be available in this fifth round.  These awards are open to researchers who have an outstanding record of clinical and applied health research, and its effective translation for improved health. 

Timetable for Round 5
  • Round 5 launched on Wednesday 24th September 2014.
  • The closing date is Wednesday 17th December 2014 at 1pm.
  • Shortlisting - March/April 2015.
  • Interviews - June 2015. 
Find out more.
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