RDS News - March 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).
NIHR Grant Applications - seminar & support event

27 April 2017 - University of Bristol
28 June 2017 - Bournemouth University
Are you planning to submit a grant application to NIHR? We are holding one-day events in Bristol and Bournemouth that are aimed at helping you to improve your chances of success.

The morning seminar session is open to anyone to come and hear Simon Goodwin, RfPB Programme Manager for the South West, and RDS advisers give presentations on what makes a good grant proposal.

The afternoon support session of one-to-one appointments is for those who would like to discuss their own proposal with Simon and/or an RDS adviser.

Find out more.
Developing national standards for public involvement in research
How do you assess the quality of public involvement in your research? How does a research organisation know if it is doing good, bad or indifferent public involvement? 

These are questions at the top of the agenda for a partnership between the NIHR and Health and Care Research Wales working with the Chief Scientist Office in Scotland and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland. The collaboration is looking to develop a set of national, self-assessment standards for public involvement in research for England and Wales. Having a set of core standards can help everyone to improve the quality and consistency of public involvement in research by working towards, delivering or exceeding current good practice.

Over the Summer, the team plan to involve potential users of the standards - members of the public, researchers, public involvement leads, research managers, funders and others - in reviewing and improving a set of draft standards and indicators.

If you're interested in getting involved visit the project website for more information. 
Opportunities for members of the public to get involved in advisory panels

The NIHR is currently looking for members of the public to join several different panels. This is an opportunity to contribute to health research by:
  • advising researchers
  • using your patient experience
  • influencing decisions
  • making research relevant
Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme
One member on Product Development Award panel

Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) programme
One member on national sub-panel

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme 
Seven members across six Regional Advisory Panels: West Midlands (x1), South East & Central (x1), North West (x1), Yorkshire and the North East (x2) and East of England (x1), East Midlands (x1)

Department of Health Policy Research Programme (PRP)
Two members for the PRP Commissioning Panel

The deadline for applications is 12.00pm, 27 March 2017. 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.
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. The HS&DR commissioned workstream focuses on evaluating models of service delivery and interventions which have the potential to improve service effectiveness, efficiency and productivity.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals on the following topics:
  • 17/08 - Work force and skill mix in GP primary care services
  • 17/09 - Services to support early intervention and self-care for children and young people referred to Children and Young People's Mental Health Services/CAMHS
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 11 May 2017. Read more and apply.
NIHR Webinar: How to win friends and influence people -
promoting a clinical academic career to your organisation.

The NIHR is passionate about promoting clinical academic careers and opportunities. Clinical academics bridge the gap between the NHS and academia and help organisations to recognise and address research questions that are relevant, and support staff and their patients to use evidence effectively to continuously improve care.

Future clinical academic leaders are central to the NIHR's vision for improving the health and wealth of the nation; this webinar will provide help and guidance to current and aspiring clinical academics who wish to promote clinical academic careers in their organisation(s).

This one-hour webinar will be held at 11.00am on Wednesday 29 March.
Find out more and register for the webinar.
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