RDS News - February 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).
Grant Applications Workshop - now accepting applications

- Are you thinking of applying for a research grant?
- Would you like guidance on improving your chances of success at getting funded?

We're running a workshop that is designed to help you make your application as persuasive as possible. This free one-day workshop will next be held on Thursday 12 May 2016 at Taunton Racecourse, Somerset. The deadline for receipt of completed application forms and research proposals is 1pm Monday 11 April 2016.

To find out more about the workshop and the application process visit our website, or contact us at rds.sw@nihr.ac.uk or 01823 342792.
Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme: information event.
Exeter, 9 March 2016

We are running an information event on 9 March 2016 in Exeter which offers an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the renewed NIHR RfPB programme. It will provide information about the changes to the programme and the types of proposals that NIHR is keen to encourage. 

Registration to this event is FREE and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Colleagues who are involved in costing research proposals are also welcome to attend the event, which will include discussion about the need for accurate costing of proposals at both application stages under the new RfPB application process. 

Speakers will include:
  • Ben Morgan, Interim Assistant Director, RfPB
  • Dr Jo Thompson Coon - a member of the NIHR RfPB Committee South West
  • Dr Andrew Appelboam - an RfPB grant holder
There will be a panel Q&A session after the presentations and RDS advisers will be on hand to help with researcher queries and attendees will also have the opportunity to network with speakers and RDS staff during lunch.

We are offering short one-to-one sessions for researchers to discuss their proposals in more detail at the end of the afternoon. Please indicate on the registration form if this is something you would be interested in.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. In order to secure your place at this event, please complete the registration form. The deadline for receipt of registrations is 1pm, 24 February 2016.
Find out more.
Marking World Cancer Day

Thursday 4 February was World Cancer Day and this year the NIHR is highlighted the contributions to cancer research of the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMCs), which it co-funds alongside Cancer Research UK and the Departments of Health for England, Scotland and Wales.

In 2014/15 the NIHR invested £135m in cancer research, our highest investment area and representing more than 25% of its total research budget. 2016 also marks the NIHR’s tenth year. Much has improved for cancer patients and their families as a result of research since 2006. A selection of the more recent achievements of the ECMCs is here.
Influence the direction of Public Health Research

The Public Health Research (PHR) programme has a number of vacancies on their Programme Advisory Board (PAB). The role of the PAB is to provide high-level strategic advice on the nature of public health research needed. Membership of the board offers the opportunity to contribute to and influence the future direction of public health research.

PHR welcome applications from senior public health decision makers, particularly those working for local authorities, charities, the third sector and health protection, from across the UK. The closing date for applicants is 1 March 2016. For more information visit the PHR website.
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 to invest in more research into the prevention and treatment of obesity

The NIHR will invest millions of pounds into research addressing the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity. The call for proposals follows comments from the Chief Medical Officer who has highlighted obesity as one of the biggest threats to the nation’s health.

The NIHR hopes researchers will submit applications covering a broad spectrum of research that will evaluate interventions and services to determine what practices are cost-effective in preventing and treating obesity in adults and children.

The NIHR, which is celebrating 10 years of funding health research, is particularly keen to support research looking at the prevention of type 2 diabetes and increasing levels of physical activity. It welcomes applications for new primary research studies, research that synthesises existing evidence, and applications proposing the use of new and efficient study designs. 

For more information and to apply, please visit the NIHR Themed Calls website.
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