RDS News - April 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 Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR): information events

The RDS is running a series of information events which offer an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funding stream. Registration to these events is free and refreshments will be provided.

Professor Paul Little, Director of the PGfAR programme will be joined by staff from the NIHR and a local PGfAR funding panel member to give a presentation followed by a Q&A session. Researchers currently developing, or considering developing, a proposal for submission to PGfAR for funding are invited to take advantage of a one to one session with PGfAR programme and RDS staff to discuss their proposed study.

For further information, including how to secure your place at one of these events, please follow the links below:

  29 June 2016 North East Newcastle
  3 October 2016 East Midlands Nottingham
  6 October 2016 East of England tbc
  24 November 2016 North West Manchester
Dementia research sheds light on needs of carers

Research funded by the NIHR is helping the NHS to better understand and support the needs of people caring for those with dementia. A number of key studies have been brought together in a new Highlight from the NIHR Dissemination Centre. 

The Highlight, Supporting carers of people with dementia, shares the findings of five NIHR funded studies. Find out more.
The importance of patient and public involvement in research

The NIHR has produced a video highlighting the importance of patient and public involvement in research, which can be seen here

NIHR expects the active involvement of members of
the public in the research that they fund. Active involvement in research is different from simply taking part in a study. It means:
  • doing research with service users and carers as part of your project team and members of your steering group. It is not just about doing research to them or about them
  • that service users, carers and members of the public are involved in the design of studies, development of protocols and the collection of data, in fact any part of the whole research process.
The RDS can provide you with the all the support you need to develop active and meaningful public involvement in your research project and increase the quality of your funding application. Find out more by contacting your local RDS office.
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.
Tackling antimicrobial resistance: pre-call announcement

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), especially resistance to antibiotics, is a major global problem. It is clear that an interdisciplinary approach is needed to tackle these challenges and make a step change in addressing antimicrobial resistance.

The Research Councils, along with other UK funders including the National Institute for Health Research, have been working together to identify a number of research opportunities and challenges to tackling the rise in AMR within four themes. Further information on the pre-call announcement can be seen here.
Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme - Researcher-led call

The HS&DR Programme aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, accessibility and organisation of health services. It supports many types of research, including primary research and evidence synthesis. The HS&DR Programme is accepting applications to its researcher-led workstream as follows:
  • 16/52 - Researcher-led (standard)
  • 16/53 - Researcher-led (evidence synthesis)
The closing date for applications is 1pm, 8 September 2016. Read more and apply.
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme - Commissioned call

The EME Programme funds clinical efficacy studies.  The studies it supports usually test if an intervention works as expected in a well-defined population or group of patients.  The Programme also provides an opportunity to use clinical studies to understand disease or treatment mechanisms, which may in turn lead to improvements in health and patient care. 

The EME Programme is accepting applications for the following topics in their commissioned work stream:
  • 16/33 Mechanisms of action of health interventions
  • 16/35 Foetal and Maternal Health Outcomes in Chronic Disease
  • 16/36 Immunotherapy for Type 1 Diabetes
  • 16/43 Clinical efficacy of novel biosensing technologies
  • 16/44 Non-invasive Transcranial Stimulation
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 5 July 2016.  Read more and apply.
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