RDS News - April 2017

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).
Residential Grant Writing Retreat - deadline fast approaching

We are offering a unique opportunity for health and social care professionals across the South West and South Central regions to attend a week-long Residential Grant Writing Retreat at Dillinton House, Ilminster in September 2017.

The purpose of the Retreat is to give busy professionals dedicated time to rapidly progress their research idea into fundable proposals.

The Retreat will provide a supportive environment for teams of three people to develop high quality research proposals prior to application to national peer-reviewed funding streams.

The deadline for applications at 1pm Wednesday 26 April 2017 is fast approaching. Find out more.
NIHR to launch a streamlined application process
The NIHR will be launching a streamlined application process for researchers applying for funding. In response to wide user feedback, and as part of the NIHR’s continuous improvement culture, they are making applying to NIHR for funding as simple as possible whilst retaining their commitment to research excellence.

The streamlined, two-stage form will be rolled out across NIHR research and training programmes from May 2017. In response to feedback the revised standard application form will ask for information once, at the point it is required to make either shortlisting or funding decisions. Any information provided during Stage 1 of the process will be automatically available for Stage 2 to avoid repetition and facilitate completion of the application.

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health, commented that “the new streamlined application process should make it simpler for researchers to apply for funding and will support both the efficiency and effectiveness of our decision-makers.”

Find out more.
2017 NIHR theme
The 2017 NIHR theme is older people with complex health needs. This call will build on the 2015 NIHR Themed Call in multimorbidities.

In mid-2017, NIHR anticipate announcing a highlight notice opening calls across all programmes in the area of older people with complex health needs. Researchers are encouraged to start planning potential applications.
Find out more.
Clinical Research Nurses to be celebrated at International Nurses Day event
The NIHR is inviting NIHR Clinical Research Nurses from across the country to attend the fifth International Nurses Day event on 12 May 2017.
The free one day event is organised by the NIHR each year to mark the celebration of International Nurses Day. This years event is focused around 'Contributing to new futures: Clinical research nurses, voices that lead' and will consider the impact that clinical research nurses make now and in the future in a changing healthcare landscape. 
This event will be an opportunity for Clinical Research Nurses to share, celebrate and make their voices heard across the NIHR CRN international leadership community.
Find out more.
New films show the benefit of public involvement
Members of the public have worked alongside Cardiff University staff to produce two short films that highlight the benefit of public involvement in research.

One film, ‘Why get involved in Research?’ is aimed at members of the public and the second, ‘Public Involvement in Research’ is aimed at researchers.  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.
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme Researcher-led call

The EME programme funds ambitious studies evaluating interventions with potential to make a step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care. Within these studies, EME supports research in the mechanisms of diseases and treatments.

The EME programme is accepting outline applications to their researcher-led workstream:
  • 17/11 - Researcher-led 
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 4 July 2017. Read more and apply.
Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme - Competition 33

Applications are invited for research proposals related to the day-to-day practice of health service staff, concerned with having an impact on the health or well-being of patients and users of the NHS. As a responsive rather than a commissioning programme, RfPB does not seek to name specific topic areas and welcomes applications on a wide range of issues and aims to fund high quality research that will be directed at achieving benefit for users of the NHS in England.

The programme supports applications that are regionally derived and have emerged from interaction with patients and the public, which relate to patient and service user experience, and which have been drawn up in association with a relevant group of service users.

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 19 July 2017. Read more and apply.
Public Health Research (PHR) Programme - Large scale public health studies

The PHR Programme is keen to see applications for large-scale evaluation studies with the potential for national reach. This means primary research projects which:
  • address an issue of major strategic public health importance, with the cost in line with the significance of the problem to be investigated
  • are likely to lead to changes in practice that will have a significant impact on a large number of the population across the UK
  • aim to fill a clear 'evidence gap', and likely to generate new knowledge
  • have the potential for findings that are generalisable and transferable
  • bring together a team with strong expertise and track record across the full range of relevant disciplines
The researcher-led workstream offers the flexibility for ambitious evaluations of public health interventions. If a case can be made for public health importance, scientific quality and value for money, there is no upper limit to the amount of funding that can be applied for and applications can be made at any point, with three cut-off dates throughout the year. Multi-factorial research will be considered. Find out more.
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