RDS News - August 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).
NIHR HTA Efficient Study Designs Call:
an information event

We are offering a number of events which offer an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the NIHR HTA themed call on efficient study designs and their general role across NIHR funding programmes.

These events will provide information about the types of proposals that NIHR is keen to encourage, but will not be a forum for detailed methodological discussions. Registration is FREE and refreshments will be provided.

Dr Peter Davidson, Consultant in Public Health and Head of Health Technology Assessment, will be joined by RDS advisers to give a presentation followed by a Q&A session. In order to secure your place at one of these events please complete the online booking form.

Four events will be held across England as follows:

  Bristol 22 September 2015 Refreshments 10.00am.
Event 10.30am - 1.00pm.
Bristol, BS1 5TX
  Birmingham 29 September 2015 Registration & light lunch 12 noon.
Event 1.00pm - 3.00pm.
University of Birmingham
  Leeds 6 October 2015 tbc tbc
  London 13 October 2015 tbc tbc

Help us shape research

Patients and the public are at the heart of what the NIHR does. They help to ensure that research is relevant, useful and accessible to everyone. But did you know that they also help them decide what needs to be researched?

You don’t have to be a doctor, a clinician or an academic to submit a research suggestion. NIHR welcome suggestions from patients, carers and members of the public whose detailed knowledge of living with conditions and insight into the practicalities of treatment is invaluable. If you have identified something that is missing from the NHS, something NIHR can investigate and test, then they want to hear from you.

Maybe it’s a treatment that would work better than current practice. Maybe current care needs to be delivered in a different way. Whatever your idea is, let NIHR know by completing the short suggestion form. Please give as much information as you can, but if you can’t answer a section just leave it blank.

What exactly are NIHR looking for? How do you ensure that your suggestion stands the best chance of being researched? They've put together some help and examples for each question on the form.
NIHR 'Ok to ask' 2015 survey
The NIHR 'OK to ask' campaign is aimed at encouraging more patients, carers and healthy volunteers to ask about research opportunities that could be available to them or their loved ones.

If you took part in the many 'OK to ask' activities coinciding with International Clinical Trials Day in May 2015 they wish to hear from you. However, even if you didn't, we hope you'll also complete the survey as your views are still important.

The survey will be used to produce a report about 'OK to ask' this year, which will be made publicly available on the NIHR website and through our networks. More importantly, your views will help NIHR run better public awareness campaigns about research in the future. The survey is open until Friday 11 September 2015.
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.
Programme Development Grants
Applications are invited for Programme Development Grant (PDG) research proposals. PDGs are designed to increase the rate and number of successful applications for a full Programme Grant by supporting the completion of the necessary preparatory work to suitably position the research team to submit a competitive Stage 2 Programme Grant application.

Competition 14: deadline 1pm, 13 October 2015. Read more and apply.
Public Health Research (PHR) Programme: researcher-led call
The PHR Programme funds research to evaluate non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. The PHR Programme is accepting applications to their researcher-led workstream as follows:
  • 15/82 - Researcher-led call
The closing date for applications is 1pm, 9 November 2015. Read more and apply.
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme: Efficient Study Designs call
The HTA Programme is the largest of the NIHR programmes. They fund independent research about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS.

The HTA Programme is accepting expressions of interest applications to their researcher-led workstream, for research into funding for primary research using efficient study designs to evaluate clinical and public health interventions for the NHS.

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 18 November 2015. Read more and apply.
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