RDS News - September 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).
Grant Applications Workshop - now accepting applications



- Are you thinking of applying for a research grant?
- Would you like guidance on improving your chances of success at getting funded?

The Grant Applications Workshop, run by the RDS South West, is designed to help you make your application as persuasive as possible. This free one-day workshop will next be held on Wednesday 4 November 2015 at Taunton Racecourse, Somerset. The deadline for receipt of completed application forms and research proposals is 1pm Monday 5 October 2015.

To find out more about the workshop and the application process visit our website, or contact us on rds.sw@nihr.ac.uk or 01823 342792.
Driving an economic engine - the NIHR powers ahead at NHS Expo
The health and wealth of the nation was a hot topic that drew the crowds at this year’s NHS Innovation Expo event in Manchester today. 

Hosting its second sell-out ‘Pop-up University’ session the NIHR is the UK’s largest public funder of health research, attracting over £1 billion external research investment and generating in excess of £41 billion from intellectual assets in 2014/15 alone. 


Headlined by Dr Matt Hallsworth of the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure, delegates heard how the NIHR’s people, facilities, research and systems combine to make a major contribution to economic growth.

“A mighty £4.5 billion of additional research investment has been attracted through the NIHR’s infrastructure for experimental medicine since records began in 2008/9,” Dr Matt Hallsworth explained. 

“We’re an organisation of many parts that work together to increase opportunities for partnerships and collaborative research with the life sciences industry. We attract investment into the UK and support companies based in the UK, including SMEs. Ultimately, this results in new treatments and medical technologies for patients.

This year the delegate reception has been resounding and I’m confident that we’ll forge yet more ground-breaking industry relationships to enable new treatments and medical technologies for patients and represent the UK in a global market"
, Matt concludes. Find out more.
People in Research
The People in Research website continues to facilitate the sharing of information about opportunities for public involvement in research. During 2014-15, 83 new opportunities were submitted and more than 8,300 visits to the site were recorded.

The website enables researchers to register and publicise their research opportunities for members of the public to get involved. While members of the public can search the database of opportunities to find out about research activities they can get involved in, and sign up to receive email alerts when a new opportunity is posted. 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.
Public Health Research (PHR) Programme: themed call
The PHR Programme funds research to evaluate non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health.

The PHR Programme is accepting applications for research into the evaluation of public health interventions to improve public mental health. 

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 30 November 2015. Read more and apply.
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme - Commissioned call
The EME Programme funds clinical efficacy studies and is accepting applications to its commissioned workstream for the following topics:
  • 15/73 Markers of early treatment response in non-cancerous conditions
  • 15/74 Novel diagnostics and treatments for irritable bowel syndrome 
  •  15/75 Mechanisms of action of health interventions 
  • 15/76 Severe opportunistic fungal infections
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 10 November 2015. Read more and apply.
Antimicrobial resistance
Although the NIHR Themed Call into Antimicrobial Resistance has now closed, the participating programmes below continue to be interested in receiving proposals addressing antimicrobial resistance in areas not otherwise well covered in their portfolios: Applications can be made to these programmes as part of their standard researcher-led workstreamsClosing date: 31 July 2016. For more information, please visit the NIHR Themed Calls - Antimicrobial Resistance website.
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