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NIHR RfPB Programme Guidance on Applying for Feasibility Studies

  Created on Monday, 18 Sep 2017. Posted in Funding

The NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme issued updated guidance on applying for feasibility studies (July 2017). This guidance is essential reading for anyone considering applying to the RfPB Programme for funding for feasibility or pilot studies. The following is covered within the guidance:

  • Definition of feasibility vs pilot studies
  • Feasibility and pilot studies: which NIHR programme should I apply to?
  • RfPB policy on funding feasibility and pilot studies
  • Guidance on applying to RfPB for a feasibility or pilot study, including:
    • Outline of the proposed follow on full trial
    • Key parameters which the feasibility study intends to clarify or estimate
    • Progression criteria for a full trial

New guides to NIHR and Health Education England (HEE) clinical academic careers

  Created on Monday, 18 Sep 2017. Posted in Toolkit/Database

Two new guides to support healthcare professionals to develop clinical academic careers have been launched. These guides were created by NIHR and Health Education England (HEE) to provide information on the various awards available through the two organisations. In addition, the guides contain information on how to apply for awards, and how the awards work in practice. The guides also feature case studies from award holders who talk about their experiences and the impact an NIHR or HEE award has had on their career.

The two guides available are:


HTA 'commissioning brief supporting information’

  Created on Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017. Posted in Funding | Priorities

The Heath Technology Assessment (HTA) programme is currently running a pilot, publishing additional documentation for applicants as part of their commissioned calls. The documentation, called commissioning brief supporting information provides a rationale for the call and summarises the existing evidence base as well as relevant work from HTA and wider NIHR (example document)

In additon HTA also publish a list of potential future research topics that are currently in development for commissioned research.

Changes to consent for children in clinical trials from May 2018

  Created on Monday, 11 Sep 2017. Posted in News Items

A change in the EU Directive 95/46/EC General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) affects consent conditions for use of data from children within clinical trials where the data is considered identifiable personal data.

Currently, trials may use an opt-out strategy for parents (negative assent).  When the new directive comes into force in May 2018, positive parent assent will be needed to process the data.

Researchers who think their study protocols may be affected should contact their sponsors for more information and advice.

September is World Alzheimer's Month

  Created on Thursday, 07 Sep 2017. Posted in Dementia

Each week throughout September a new NIHR campaign will be focusing on a different theme around dementia research.

  • Week one: Types of research - it's not all drugs trials
  • Week two: The research pathway (and why it takes so long)
  • Week three: Access to investigational drugs
  • Week four: Research into rarer dementia types - with a focus on frontotemporal dementia (FTD)
  • Week five: Ways to engage in research

New content will be added through out the month so keep having a look!

NIHR Webinar: ACF Recruitment Webinar - Recording now available

  Created on Thursday, 07 Sep 2017. Posted in Webinar

This webinar included:

  • An overview of the Integrated Academic Training pathway including details about NIHR ACF posts.
  • Details on the recruitment and appointment process including interviews and clinical benchmarking
  • A live Q&A session

Not yet registered, then please follow this link to register first and then listen to the webinar:

The Health Foundation launches its Behavioural Insights Research Programme

  Created on Thursday, 07 Sep 2017. Posted in Funding

The Health Foundation is inviting researchers to submit ideas rooted in ‘behavioural insights’ or ‘nudge theory’ that have the potential to increase efficiency and reduce waste within health care services in the UK.

There is £1.8 million available for up to eight multidisciplinary research teams to generate new knowledge of what can motivate people to act in more efficient and less wasteful ways in health care services.

Each project will receive between £150,000 and £350,000 for research completed over two to three years.

The three priority areas of focus for this programme include:

  • patient pathways: eg improving patient flow within the system, improving coordination and transfer of care, expediting discharge
  • procurement, pharmacy and medicines optimisation: eg minimising cost and waste in procurement and prescribing, improving medication adherence
  • care best practice: eg encouraging attendance, uptake of screening and health promotion, reducing unnecessary or ineffective care, better demand management, reducing harms.

The closing date for applications is 12:00, Friday 20 October 2017.

Newly funded NIHR MICs announced

  Created on Thursday, 07 Sep 2017. Posted in Industry

The NIHR MICs (Medtech and In vitro diagnostic Co-operatives) will build expertise and capacity in the NHS to develop new medical technologies and provide evidence on commercially-supplied in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tests. Funding will be provided over five years for leading NHS organisations to act as centres of expertise; bringing together patients, clinicians, researchers, commissioners and industry. 

The NIHR MICs with launch 1 January 2018

NIHR signs up to WHO initiative on trial registration

  Created on Thursday, 07 Sep 2017. Posted in News Items

NIHR is the latest research funder to sign up to an international joint statement, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), pledging to ensure clinical trials will be both registered and their results released.

The pledge, is in line with NIHR's existing policy on Adding Value in Research, and will mean that all fully funded studies will be required to register in a publicly accessible database and make sure all results are disclosed in a timely way.

NIHR Business of Discovery podcast: 'Role of the funder'

  Created on Thursday, 07 Sep 2017. Posted in News Items

The latest NIHR Clinical Research Network 'Business of Discovery' podcast is entitled 'The Role of the Research Funder' and includes an interview with the British Heart Foundation Medical Director Professor Sir Nilesh Samani. The short audio interview explores how research is funded and what the role of a research funder entails. Listen here.