RDS News - January 2016

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 for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme: information events

We are running a series of information events which offer an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the renewed NIHR RfPB programme. These events are aimed at health researchers and will provide information about the changes to the programme and the types of proposals that NIHR is keen to encourage.
Colleagues who are involved in costing research proposals are also welcome to attend the events, which will include discussion about the need for accurate costing of proposals at both application stages under the new RfPB application process.
These events will not be a forum for detailed methodological discussions, but there will be opportunity to network with presenters, RDS advisers and other delegates. For further information, including how to secure your place at one of these events, please follow the links below:

  11 February 2016 North West Liverpool
  17 February 2016 East of England Cambridge
  23 February 2016 London King’s College London
  2 March 2016 North East Durham
  3 March 2016 Yorkshire and the Humber Leeds
  9 March 2016 South West Exeter
  April East Midlands tbc
  April West Midlands tbc
  tbc South Central tbc
  tbc South East tbc
UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research - for consultation

The Health Research Authority (HRA) and the Devolved Administrations are consulting on a new UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research. This sets out principles of good practice in the management and conduct of health and social care research in the UK. It will replace the four separate Research Governance Frameworks previously issued by each UK Health Department.

This new policy framework aims to help make the UK an even better place to do research. It is aimed at all those responsible for health and social care research in the UK. The HRA has  prepared some short summaries that outline the main issues for key stakeholder groups:
The policy framework is available here and you can respond to the consultation via the online survey here. All responses should be received by 24 March 2016. 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.
NIHR Fellowship Programme webinar
The Fellowship Programme webinar took place on 8 December and a recording of the webinar is now available. A Q&A document is also available to view online and contains common questions asked during the webinar together with the answers.

Packed with useful insight and answers to widely asked questions, both
 the webinar and Q&A document are highly recommended for those intending to apply to Round 10 of the NIHR Fellowship Programme in 2017. Find out more.
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme
The HTA Programme is the largest of the NIHR programmes and funds independent research about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS. The HTA Programme funds studies via a number of routes including commissioned and researcher-led workstreams and proposals are invited in the following areas: 

Commissioned funding stream
  • 15/33 - Promising pharmacological therapy for treatment resistant bipolar depression
    The closing date for applications is 1pm, 19 May 2016. Read more and apply.

Researcher-led funding stream
  • 15/188 - Expression of Interest to Full proposal
    The closing date for applications is 1pm, 8 April 2016. Read more and apply.
  • 15/187-  Evidence Synthesis Full
    The closing date for applications is 1pm, 5 May 2016. Read more and apply.
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. The following commissioned calls have been issued for research proposals:
  • 15/129 - Local interventions to reduce intake and harm from alcohol    
  • 15/189 - Interventions to build resilience in children and young people
  • 15/193 - Preventing uptake of smoking by children and young people
The closing date for applications is 1pm, 26 April 2016. Read more and apply.
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