RDS News - May 2014

Welcome to the e-bulletin 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).
RDS grants workshop - deadline approaching
The deadline for applications to attend the Grant Applications Workshop, run by the RDS South West, is fast approaching.

This free one-day workshop is designed to help you make your application as persuasive as possible and will next be held on Thursday 10 July 2014 at Taunton Racecourse, Somerset. 

The deadline for applications is 1pm Monday 9 June 2014. To find out more about the workshop and the application process visit on our Grant Applications Workshop webpage, or contact us at rds-sw@tst.nhs.uk or 01823 342792.
Clinical Trials Toolkit
The Clinical Trials Toolkit provides practical advice to researchers in designing and conducting publicly funded clinical trials in the UK. Through the use of an interactive routemap, this site provides information on best practice and outlines the current legal and practical requirements for conducting clinical trials.

The Toolkit is primarily focused on Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs) and the regulatory environment and requirements associated with these. However researchers and R&D staff working on trials in other areas will also find useful information and guidance of relevance to the wider trials environment.

Visit the FAQ page on the CT Toolkit website for more information on this useful resource.
Using social media to raise awareness of research
INVOLVE, a national advisory group and funded by the NIHR, are looking for people to help them develop guidance on using social media that actively involves people in health or social care research.
They are looking for examples, such as asking people for their views about research projects or plans. For this work, they define social media as interaction among people in virtual communities and networks, for example blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, YouTube and so on.

If you are using social media to actively involve people in research, or if you know of anyone else who is, please get in touch with Marisha Palm, email mpalm@invo.org.uk or telephone 023 8065 1088.
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.
Long-term Conditions in Children & Young People Themed Call
closing 21 May 2014
The NIHR has issued a call for evaluative research for long term conditions in children and young people. The research should aim to provide the evidence base to improve the health outcomes for children and young people that result from long term conditions.

The following NIHR managed research programmes will be participating:
Completed application forms must be submitted by 21 May 2014. Funding decisions will be made around March 2015. For further information on the participating programmes, and to apply, please visit the NIHR website: www.themedcalls.nihr.ac.uk/children

The RDS can help researchers write research summaries and offer expert support and advice on all aspects of designing and developing applications for NIHR funding, as well as applications to Research Councils and major charities. Visit the RDS SW website to find out how to access our advice, or contact your local RDS SW office.
i4i Challenge Awards
The i4i Challenge Awards is a new i4i funding stream that aims to bridge the gap between the innovation and development of new medical technology and its adoption into clinical pathways.

The 3rd i4i Challenge Awards call is now open. The submission deadline for stage 1 (Outline) applications is 1pm 21 May 2014. The deadline for receipt of stage 2 (Full) applications is 1pm 6 August 2014. Find out more or apply now.
Policy Research Programme
The Policy Research Programme (PRP) is a national research funding programme within the Department of Health’s (DH) Research and Development Directorate. The PRP commissions high quality, research-based evidence relevant to the full policy remit of the DH. PRP research is commissioned by open competitive tender within the DH Research Governance Framework (2005). 

The PRP invites applications in the following four areas:
  • Call 1: Iodine and Health: Iodine Status in the UK Population Particularly in Pregnant Women
  • Call 2: Thinking Differently About Dementia Education and Training – A Formative Evaluation
  • Call 3: An Examination of the Costs and Benefits of a Regulatory Approach to the Assessment of Continuing Fitness to Practise of Health and Care Professionals
  • Call 4: Evaluating the Impact of Health Education England’s National Values Based Recruitment Programme.
This is a one-stage application process.  The deadline for receipt of full applications is 1pm on 02 July 2014.  Any applications submitted after the 1pm deadline will not be considered. Access research specifications, application form and guidance notes
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