RDS News - April 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).
Grant Applications Workshop - now accepting applications

- Are you thinking of applying for a research grant?
- Would you like guidance on improving your chances of success at getting funded?

The Grant Applications Workshop, run by the RDS South West, is designed to help you make your application as persuasive as possible. This free one-day workshop will next be held on Thursday 9 July 2015 at Taunton Racecourse, Somerset. The deadline for receipt of completed application forms and research proposals is 1pm Monday 8 June 2015.

To find out more about the workshop and the application process visit our website, or contact us rds.sw@nihr.ac.uk or 01823 342792.
Growth through health research
new publication has been produced that illustrates the ways the NIHR is contributing to economic growth. These include creating an internationally competitive research environment, enabling collaborations and partnerships with the life sciences industry, developing a highly-skilled research workforce and generating research evidence that helps keep the population healthy and able to work, and which supports the NHS in making better, more cost-effective use of resources.​The publication accompanied an NIHR event on 5 March hosted by George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences, and the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally C Davies, which brought together leaders from across the life sciences industry, charities, academia and the NHS.
Involving children and young people in research
A new area on the INVOLVE website contains information and resources on involving children and young people in research. The web pages include reasons for involving young people, quotes about involvement from young people, details of organisations and projects working in this area, and links to useful references.

A new two-minute animation was recently launched based on the true story of a young man, Tom, who was diagnosed with an illness and through this became involved in research. Tom was a key member of the advisory group for the animation project, and he writes: 

“My own journey was one of great difficulty but out of it came some wonderful chances to get involved in health research and make a difference. I hope that this project can show other people just what is possible.”
New resource - a checklist for research proposals
A team at NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) has developed a checklist for research proposals to help describe health service interventions in UK research programmes.

Read the full article published in Health Research Policy and Systems and access the resource from their website.

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