RDS News - October 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).
The RDS - a national service

The RDS South West is part of a network of regional services around the country making up the national RDS. Our advisers, in regional centres across England, offer a unique breadth of experience and a proven track record in improving research applications. Advice is confidential and free of charge.

We enjoyed continued success in 2014/15; working with more research teams, supporting more submissions and increasing the success rate of submissions along with an overwhelming response by research teams on the value of the RDS contribution to their projects.
To find out more, take a look at the 
RDS Annual Review for 2014/15our leaflet, or visit our website. To stay up-to-date on the latest RDS events, news and funding opportunities follow us on Twitter.
Mental Health Matters
The 10th October was World Mental Health Day, aiming to raise awareness of how we can ensure that people with mental health problems are able to live with dignity.

To support this important initiative NIHR have gathered summaries of key mental health research that they have funded. They have also invited experts in the field to blog about the challenges faced in mental health research and the successes that have been made. To explore these and find out more, visit the Mental Health Matters campaign page.
 Let them know your thoughts and join the conversation around mental health on Twitter @OfficialNIHR with the hashtag #NIHRchat.
Going the Extra Mile
Professor Dame Sally C Davies has responded to ‘Going the Extra Mile’, the report from the ‘Breaking Boundaries Review Panel’. This is a reference to the removal of barriers between service users and researchers. Nearly 10 years after the NIHR was established, it was timely to consider how far we had come on the public involvement, engagement and participation journey and where we would like to be in 10 years’ time. 

Read the Chief Medical Officer’s full response, here.
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.
Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme - Competition 28
Applications are invited for RfPB proposals which are related to the day-to-day practice of health service staff and are concerned with having an impact on the health or well-being of patients and users of the NHS on a wide range of issues. The programme supports applications which are regionally derived and applications which 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.

Please note that this competition will operate a two stage application process with a shortened application form for Stage 1 and the deadline for submission is 1pm, 2 December 2015For further details on the changes to RfPB and this competition please see the Renewed RfPB Programme document or visit the NIHR website.
Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme
The HS&DR Programme aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, accessibility and organisation of health services. They support many types of research, including primary research and evidence synthesis. The HS&DR programme invites applications in the following areas:

Commissioned workstream
  • 15/144 - Improving the quality of care in care homes by care home staff
  • 15/145 - Use of GPs in and alongside emergency departments
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 17 December 2015. Read more and apply.

Researcher-led workstream
  • 15/136 - HS&DR Researcher-led (Standard – two stage outline to full)
  • 15/137 - HS&DR Researcher-led (Evidence synthesis – one stage straight to full)
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 14 January 2016. Read more and apply.
NIHR Themed Call for research on prevention and treatment of obesity
In December 2015 the NIHR will issue a call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services for the prevention and treatment of obesity in adults and children.

Preventing obesity and type 2 diabetes is a priority for the UK Government. With over 60 percent of the adult population either overweight or obese and more than 2.7 million people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the health burden and economic impact of obesity in the UK are increasing.

This call is an initiative by the NIHR in recognition of the need for further research-based evidence to underpin the prevention and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children. Issues of particular importance for this call include the prevention of type 2 diabetes and increasing levels of physical activity.

In January 2016 the NIHR will hold a workshop which will inform the research community about research funding opportunities presented by the themed call. Representatives from a range of participating NIHR programmes and supporting NIHR infrastructure will attend to advise on the various funding routes available and provide help and guidance on developing and submitting an application. Further details about the call and the event will be available on the NIHR Themed Calls website in due course.
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