RDS News - September 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 Funding - seminar & support event

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

The morning seminar session is open to anyone to come and hear Simon Goodwin, RfPB Programme Manager for the South West, and RDS advisers give presentations on what makes a good grant proposal.

The afternoon support session of one-to-one appointments is for those who would like to discuss their own proposal with Simon and/or 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 2 November 2016 at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Wonford. 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, 19 October 2016.
Find out more.
NIHR launches podcast series about research discovery

The NIHR has released its first podcast, part of a series of seven podcasts. The podcasts have been developed to enable everyone from healthcare professionals through to patients to be kept up to date with new ideas and developments in the research field. Listeners will hear from a range of people involved in clinical research and their thoughts and opinions on this.

Find out more and listen to the first podcast
Clinical Research Opportunities Involving Children and Young People

An insight into clinical research opportunities for children and young people in England has been released. CRN Children (previously known as Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN) has contributed to a significant rise in clinical research opportunities in England, with over 150,000 children and young people participating. By involving children and young people, it empowers them and their families to take charge of their own health as well as influencing the trials and projects.

An example of how the research community has come together, is in ground-breaking work carried out in response to swine flu and meningitis B. 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.
Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Programme

The PGfAR Programme has launched a new initiative to help researchers thinking of applying. Applicants have the opportunity to briefly describe their proposal for comment before submitting a formal application. It is non-mandatory and designed to help applicants so that the common problems seen by the advisory panels can be addressed earlier. Find out more.
Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme - Researcher-led call

The HS&DR Programme is accepting applications to their researcher-led workstream as follows:
  • 16/116 - Researcher-led (standard)
  • 16/115 - Researcher-led (evidence synthesis)
The closing date for applications is 1pm, 12 January 2017. Read more and apply.
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme - Commissioned call

The HTA Programme is accepting applications on the following commissioning briefs, in the area of primary research:
  • 16/78 Timing of defibulation surgery for women who have undergone female genital mutilation
  • 16/89 Interventions for small bowel Crohn's disease
  • 16/91 Take home naloxone for opiate overdose
  • 16/92 The role of prophylactic antibiotics for botulinum toxin A injections for overactive bladder
  • 16/93 Alpha-2 agonists for sedation in critical care
  • 16/94 Gastric residual volume measurement in mechanically ventilated infants and children
  • 16/95 Management of sexual dysfunction associated with antipsychotic drug therapy
  • 16/96 Standardised diagnostic assessment tool as an adjunct to clinical practice in child and adolescent mental health services
  • 16/97 Antipsychotics for anorexia nervosa
  • 16/98 Down-titration of alendronate dosage
  • 16/99 Primary prevention of variceal bleeding in patients with liver cirrhosis
  • 16/100 Stem cell transplant in adults with severe sickle cell disease
  • 16/101 De-escalation techniques and the use of restrictive interventions in adult mental health units
  • 16/102 Understanding the impact of noisy breathing on carer distress and the use of antimuscarinic drugs at the end of life
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 7 February 2017. Read more and apply.
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