RDS News - February 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).
How we can help

In an increasingly competitive research environment, securing funding to conduct health and social care research can be difficult and time consuming. We offer high quality and responsive specialist advice on all aspects of research funding applications including:
  • designing a research study
  • research methods (qualitative and quantitative)
  • identifying suitable sources of funding
  • involving patients and public in research design
  • identifying potential academic, clinical and lay collaborators.
Our research advisers can offer a unique breadth of experience and a proven track record in improving research applications. They can also signpost to other sources of help where appropriate, such as costings. Our advice is confidential and free of charge.

We have enjoyed continued success and since 2008 we have helped researchers secure over £100m of research funding. Find out more about how we can help you.
Multimorbidities in Older People Themed Call
The NIHR recognises the the need for further research-based evidence to support the delivery of best care to people with multimorbidities and to enable them to maintain their capabilities and quality of life. Multimorbidity is defined as the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions in one person.

This call is an NIHR initiative in recognition of the need for further research-based evidence to support the delivery of best care to people with multimorbidities and to enable them to maintain their capabilities and quality of life.  Research proposals must be within the remit of one of the seven participating programmes:
Please note that the NIHR Fellowships Programme is also participating in this particular call, welcoming applications for research on the evaluation of health care interventions or services delivered in primary care settings. The NIHR Clinician Scientist Scheme will also be participating in the call.

More information on this themed call is now available and useful resources for applying are also available on the help with applying webpage. Find out more about how RDS South West could help you  submit a high-quality research proposal.
Partnership with patients in a new publication
BioMed Central have announced the publication of 'Research Involvement and Engagement', an innovative, health and social care journal that focuses on patient and the wider public involvement in research processes and systems.

Led by two Editors-in-Chief: Sophie Staniszewska, Patient and Public Involvement lead at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Research Institute, University of Warwick, UK, and Richard Stephens, a patient advocate in research, who has overcome a number of health challenges.

The journal will have a novel structure, co-produced by all key stakeholders, including patients, academics, policy makers and service users. All articles within the journal will be reviewed by both academics and patients, with both reports carrying equal weight in the editorial decision. Find out more about the journal.

The journal is now accepting submissions; to submit a manuscript use the online submission system.
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
The PHR Programme funds research to evaluate non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health.
Researcher-led call
Applications to the researcher-led workstream are now being accepted. 
The closing dates for applications is 1pm, 2 April 2015.
Read more.
Commissioned call
The PRP Programme is accepting applications to the commissioned workstream as follows:
  • 15/01 - Interventions for Parents or Carers to Promote Healthy Behaviours in Children and Young People
  • 15/02 - Interventions by local authorities and other local organisations to improve nutrition and influence food environments
  • 15/03 - Preventing Relationship and Dating Violence
  • 15/04 - Unintentional injuries at home in children under the age of 5 years
  • 15/05 - Workplace health and wellbeing
The closing date for applications is 1pm, 21 April 2015. Read more.
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme - Researcher-led call
The EME Programme funds clinical efficacy studies is accepting applications to its researcher-led work stream. The deadline for applications is 1pm, 3 March 2015

A series of webinars have been organised to support this researcher-led call and the latest round of commissioned calls. If you are interested in attending any of these webinars, please sign-up using our webinar registration form. Slides from the researcher-led webinar can also be downloaded. Read more and apply.
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