RDS News - January 2017

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).
NIHR Research Funding - seminar & support event

Are you planning to submit a grant application to NIHR? We are holding a half-day event on 1 February aimed at helping you to improve your chances of success. 

The seminar session is open to anyone to come and hear RDS advisers give presentations on what makes a good grant proposal. Topics covered will include:
  • what does the NIHR look for?
  • the application as a marketing document
  • the team
  • clarity of description and explanation
  • feasibility issues
  • identifying and avoiding potential pitfalls.
The support session of one-to-one appointments is for those who would like to discuss their own proposal with an RDS adviser. If you are interested in this opportunity, you will be asked to supply in advance a brief description of your project idea.

This free event will be held on 1 February 2017 at the University of Gloucestershire. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. In order to secure your place at this event, please register by 1pm, 23 January 2017. Find out more.
Research Advice Clinics - Exeter

- 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 January to March 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. Find out more.
Clinical Trials Guide for Trainees
Clinical trials, compared to observational studies, are considered by many to be the gold standard method for evaluation of healthcare interventions. They contribute significantly to relevant research evidence developed by the NIHR to support the NHS in England and other care providers. However, clinical trials are complex and many researchers, particularly those in the early stages of their career, find it challenging to know where to start, either to contribute to or lead a trial.

In 2015 NIHR began to develop a source of information to support individuals interested in pursuing a research career that involves the delivery of clinical trials. This latest version contains additional guidance for people looking to develop their career in clinical trials, and also contains case studies both of trainees who have started to develop their career in clinical trials and also case studies from CTUs showing how they can provide support to trainees. Find out more.
Improving how patients and the public
can help develop NICE guidance and standards

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched a set of new proposals to improve how they deliver patient and public involvement within the organisation.

The draft proposals are now available on the NICE website and they are asking what people think of them before they are finalised early next year.

The consultation is open for comments and will run until 28 February 2017. 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.
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)
Programme webinars

To support applicants to both the researcher-led and commissioned workstreams NIHR are offering two webinars that will provide an outline of the programme, tips for a successful application and allow you the opportunity to ask questions of the team.

12 January 2017    12:00 - 13:30    Register
16 January 2017    14:00 - 15:30    Register

You may also be interested in watching NIHR videos with tips on applying to the EME Programme. Slides from each webinar will be available to download after the webinar has taken place. View current EME commissioned or EME researcher-led funding opportunities.
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