Research Design Service
National Institute for Health Research

RDS Blog: From the RDS desk

Monthly update from the Research Design Service, bringing your tips, insights and experiences of the funding application process. The blog will touch on various themes in the design process and highlight what you need to know before you make a research application.


Applying for NIHR Fellowships: An Insides View

Applying for NIHR Fellowships: An Insides View

01 September 2018

NIHR Fellowships are all about supporting individuals with the potential to become future leaders in health and social care research. They are prestigious and highly competitive awards! Give yourself the best chance for success by attending RDS one-to-one advice sessions, seminars, workshops, mock interviews and read about our insider knowledge of the panel!

Sometimes you just have to jump in and make a splash! Co-producing research with patients, carers and public partners

Sometimes you just have to jump in and make a splash! Co-producing research with patients, carers and public partners

01 August 2018

Do you think that 'co-production' is just the latest buzz word in research? Read on, as this month we are celebrating the benefits, sharing good practice and demonstrating that co-production might be the quickest way to get your research recommendations implemented into practice!

Putting the Quality into Qualitative Research

Putting the Quality into Qualitative Research

01 July 2018

Quality in qualitative research, why is this an issue? Why is this important? Our blog this month highlights the common NIHR panel feedback issues around qualitative research, showing you how to navigate them whilst making the most of the variety and vast number of methods qualitative research has to offer.

The Importance of the Research Question

The Importance of the Research Question

01 June 2018

Can you tell us in three sentences what your research is about and why it's important? No? Read our blog to find ways to hone your research question and become more competitive for funding.

Time to Write?

Time to Write?

01 May 2018

Are you struggling to make time to write your grant application? Our grant development and writing retreat might be just what you need!

RDS USPs

RDS USPs

01 March 2018

In our first blog, Claire Rosten writes about how the RDS can be your critical friend and worth getting to know before you make a research application.