RDS News - July 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).
The RDS - building a history of success

In an increasingly competitive research environment, securing funding to conduct health and social care research can be difficult and time consuming. The RDS provides expert advice and support to researchers developing research funding applications.

Our priority is to support applications to NIHR research funding streams. We also support applications to Research Councils and other open, national, peer-reviewed funding programmes.

Who we can help
We can help you if you are:
  • developing grant applications for applied health or social care research
  • applying for personal fellowships
  • writing applications to national, open, peer-reviewed funding streams.
We support a broad range of people, including:
  • doctors, nurses and allied health professionals
  • patients and service users
  • academics and NHS and social care managers.
Our research advisers offer a unique breadth of expertise and a proven track record in improving research applications. Feedback from research teams shows the value of our contribution:
 

‘The RDS were critical in shaping a good idea into a successful RfPB grant application - we couldn't have done it without you.’ Consultant Anaesthetist.

‘I would strongly recommend asking the RDS for support if you are considering applying for research funding.’ Consultant Nurse.
 
‘We would never have got a grant in a million years without the RDS. It's the level of support you get and also the quality of the people who help you develop your ideas to fruition - it means everything to have that door opened onto new ventures.’ Senior Lecturer.
 
Our advice is confidential and free of charge. Find out more about how we can help you and your team. For examples of just some of the many studies that have received funding with RDS support, visit our Success Stories webpage.
Enter The 2015 NIHR Photo Competition
The 2015 NIHR Photo Competition has just launched. This follows the highly successful competition which ran in 2014 to create the first NIHR photo library with images submitted by people across the NIHR celebrating their work and achievements. The images in the library have been used to great effect on the NIHR website and in many NIHR documents and materials including the NIHR Annual Report 2013/14.

This second competition has the theme of ‘Diversity and Equality’ and selected entries will be used to enlarge the NIHR photo library. Anyone funded by, or working with, the NIHR can enter.
Further information.
Update to UK Clinical Trials Gateway
The NIHR has just launched the first phase of the redevelopment work on the UK Clinical Trials Gateway (UKCTG).  The new site can be accessed here.

This updated version of the site includes a number of enhancements to improve the accessibility and user-friendliness of the site for patients, carers and healthy volunteers looking for information about clinical trials.  For example, searching for information on the site is now much easier and the information presented in a more helpful way with a range of options to filter it for relevance.  This work has been by engagement with researchers and members of the public. 

An important element of this  has been about putting the UKCTG onto a new technology platform.  The benefits of this will be to make the service more reliable and to make the UKCTG an important route by which the public can sign-up to research and a viable recruitment tool for researchers trying to identify potential research participants in line with the NHS Constitution commitment.
Get involved in an advisory committee/panel

- Are you interested in health research?
- Do you have experience of working in committees/groups?
- Do you have experience of patient and public involvement?
- Do you have good communication skills?

The NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) is currently looking for members of the public to join the following panels/committees:
Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme
East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands, London Regional Advisory Committees:
two members for each committee.
Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme
Product Development Awards panel:
two members.
For more information please visit the Get Involved web page to obtain an information pack which provides more details about the role and how to apply. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 21 August 2015
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.
New application process for the RfPB Programme

RfPB competition 28 will open for applications on 26 August 2015.  This competition will operate a two stage application process with a shortened application form for Stage 1 and the deadline for submission is 2 December 2015

For further details on the changes to RfPB and this competition please see the Renewed RfPB Programme document or visit the NIHR website.
NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship Scheme
Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships (KMR Fellowships) are designed to support a balance of innovative knowledge mobilisation and research into the processes and impacts of such innovation.

The fourth annual Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship competition is now open.  Completed applications must be submitted by 1pm on the 24th September 2015. 

In order to encourage partnership working between the NHS and Higher Education Institutions, applications must be supported by at least one organisation from each of these different sectors. NHS organisations may be providers or commissioners of NHS health services.

KMR Fellowships are personal awards designed to buy out an individual's salary costs, fund a training and development programme and fund the activities needed to complete an identified knowledge mobilisation research project. Find out more and apply.
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme: researcher-led call
The EME Programme funds clinical efficacy studies and is accepting applications to its researcher-led work stream. The deadline for applications is 1pm, 10 November 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 the webinar registration form. Slides from the researcher-led webinar can also be downloaded. Read more and apply.
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