RDS News - December 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).
Residential Grant Writing Retreat - deadline fast approaching

We are offering a unique opportunity for health and social care professionals across England to attend a week-long residential Grant Writing Retreat at Bailbrook House, Bath in June 2016.

The purpose of the Retreat is to give busy professionals dedicated time to rapidly progress their research idea into fundable proposals.

The Retreat will provide a supportive environment for teams of two or three people to develop high quality research proposals prior to application to national peer-reviewed funding streams.

The deadline for applications at 1pm Friday 29 January 2016, is fast approaching. Find out more.
New NIHR Dissemination Centre

The new NIHR Dissemination Centre has been set up to make health research evidence easier to reach for those who need it.  Each week it publishes three or four new ‘Signals’ – short summaries of health research that appeared recently in peer-reviewed journals.
Abstracts of research are turned into Signals by specialist writers based at Bazian.  Signals are then published on the Dissemination Centre’s portal ‘Discover’.  This is a free, open access site and is fully searchable.  Anyone can sign up to the Dissemination Centre’s website to receive a monthly update of Signals.
The Dissemination Centre editorial team uses the insight of patients, carers, health professionals and academics to help them decide which abstracts will make the most useful Signals.  Each week a group of these people are asked to read and ‘rate’ research abstracts in their area of interest.  They also write a short piece of advice about whether the abstract should, or should not get written up.
Raters make an invaluable contribution – professionals and members of the public are encouraged to visit the Dissemination Centre website to sign up as a rater.
The Dissemination Centre also produces two other key products: Highlights and Themed Reviews.
  • Highlights are short digests of up to six NIHR-funded research studies or systematic reviews.
  • Themed Reviews are more extensive reviews of ‘the state of the evidence’ on a key health or social care issue.
Find out more.
Clinicians among the most active in public engagement

More researchers are engaging with the public about their work than ever before with clinicians being among the most active, says a new report published on 2 December 2015 by a consortium of 15 research funders including NIHR and the Wellcome Trust as well as Universities UK.

Factors affecting public engagement* by researchers’ - a study which included a survey of over 2,400 researchers across all disciplines - found that 82 per cent of respondents had carried out at least one form of public engagement in the past year ranging from giving public lectures to using social media. 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.
Obesity Themed Call open for applications

The NIHR has issued a call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services for the prevention and treatment of obesity in adults and children.

Issues of particular importance for this call include the prevention of type 2 diabetes and increasing levels of physical activity.

This call is an initiative by the NIHR in recognition of the need for further research-based evidence to underpin the prevention and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children. 

The NIHR welcomes applications for new primary research studies and research that synthesises evidence to:
  • evaluate the effectiveness of new, promising or existing interventions
  • support the translation of effective interventions into practice
  • improve adherence to individual, family or group health behaviour interventions or treatments
  • investigate the durability of effect, or undertake longer term follow up of pre-existing research for existing interventions.
High quality applications proposing the use of novel and efficient study designs are encouraged, as are proposals that:
  • will make use of pre-existing data sets
  • investigate through models the impact of effective interventions on patients, the NHS or wider population.
For more information and to apply, please visit the NIHR Themed Calls website.
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