RDS News - November 2015

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

Do you have a great idea for research in health or social care?

Would your team benefit from protected time and expert support to develop your idea into a competitive funding application?
 
We are offering a unique opportunity for health and social care professionals across England to attend a week-long residential Grant Writing Retreat at Bailbrook House, Bath in June 2016. 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 two or three people to develop high quality research proposals prior to application to national peer-reviewed funding streams. 
Find out more.
NIHR Annual Report 2014/15

The NIHR Annual Report for 2014/15 is now available. This details the NIHR’s activities and achievements during this period and  includes inspirational stories showing how taking part in research has transformed people’s lives to providing clear evidence of ways the NHS can increase productivity and safety and reduce spend.
Public involvement in research: values and principles framework
A new revised version of Public involvement in research: values & principles framework is now available. The purpose of this work is to develop a framework of good practice for public involvement in research.

It is intended that this framework is a living document that will continually evolve over time and be useful for reporting public involvement in research as well as for assessing the quality of involvement.
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
The NIHR provides career development and support with the aims of creating the next generation of researchers and improving the quality of leadership in health and social care research. NIHR Fellowships are open to all professions and offer five levels of fellowship. The awards cover the salary costs, research costs, and training and development costs of the trainee. The following fellowships are available on an annual basis:
  • Doctoral Research Fellowship (PhD) funding
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship (post-doctoral experience < three years)
  • Career Development Fellowship (post-doctoral experience < seven/eight years)
  • Senior Research Fellowship (independent researchers)
  • Transitional Research Fellowship (post-doctoral experience < five years)
Round 9 of the NIHR Fellowship Programme has now launched and is open for applications. The deadline for applications is 1pm, 20 of January 2016Read more and apply.
Programme Development Grants
Programme Grants aim to produce independent research findings that will have practical application for the benefit of patients and the NHS in the relatively near future. Programme Development Grants are a complementary scheme to allow investigators to undertake preparatory research that will position them to submit a competitive Programme Grant application.

Competition 15 will launch on 15 December 2015 and the deadline for applications is 1pm, 8 March 2016. Read more.
Public Health Research (PHR) Programme - Commissioned call
The PHR Programme funds research that evaluates public health interventions, providing new knowledge on the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health.

The scope of the PHR Programme is multidisciplinary and broad, covering a range of public health interventions. The PHR Programme is accepting applications to their commissioned workstream as follows:
  • 15/129 Local interventions to reduce intake and harm from alcohol
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 26 April 2016. Read more and apply.
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