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Interview with Leicester researcher Damian Roland: Fellowship to RfPB award

  Created on Monday, 05 Nov 2018. Posted in News Items

Damian Roland Interview with Dr Damian Roland, Consultant and Honorary Associate Professor in paediatric emergency medicine. He was awarded an NIHR fellowship in 2010 and successfully applied for RfPB programme funding in 2015. He has shared his advice on how an RfPB award as an early career researcher can be a stepping stone to a research career.

NIHR Academy: 6 new 'incubators' announced

  Created on Thursday, 01 Nov 2018. Posted in Funding

The new NIHR Academy will work to attract professional groups where research capacity is low, including nurses, pharmacists and social scientists, and to break down barriers to career progression, especially for women. It will build capacity in under-represented sectors such as primary care, public health and social care, and upskill the research workforce in disciplines such as bioinformatics and data science.

To that end the Academy has announced six new ‘incubators’ to build research capacity in

  • primary care
  • health
  • social care
  • health data science
  • nursing
  • emergency care

From the RDS Desk

  Created on Thursday, 01 Nov 2018. Posted in RDSblog

RDS Blog: From the RDS desk

Monthly update from the Research Design Service, bringing you 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.


Keep Calm and Call the RDS

Keep Calm and Call the RDS

01 December 2018

We all have research ideas bubbling under the surface just waiting for a commissioned call that fits our research idea perfectly... only thing to do now is to turn it into an application! Read on to see what's needed to craft a quality application even with a tight turnaround time.

Top Tips for Climbing the Intellectual Property Ladder

Top Tips for Climbing the Intellectual Property Ladder

01 November 2018

Intellectual Property: What is it and why does it matter? Identifying where Intellectual Property exists is the first step, as unless it is identified, it cannot be captured, protected and exploited. Read our latest blog and we'll help guide you through IP.

Another day, another tip for a social care (and beyond) research proposal

Another day, another tip for a social care (and beyond) research proposal

01 October 2018

So as NIHR sets its sights on funding research ideas from the social care front-line what does this mean for researchers? Read our latest blog and pick up some great tips on how to focus your application and think about the impact it will have on services, recipients and their careers.

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.


RDS Newsletter - Autumn 2018

  Created on Monday, 29 Oct 2018. Posted in RDS EM Newsletter

RDS EM newsletter with an editorial on putting the quality into qualitative research. The issue also features an introduction to the new NIHR fellowships, new guidance on excess treatment costs and 10 ways to illistrate how you've used public involvment in your funding application. 


Feasibility - A Guide for Research Teams - e-Learning Module

  Created on Monday, 29 Oct 2018. Posted in Webinar/e-learning

The CRN North East and North Cumbria has announced the launch of its “Feasibility - A Guide for Research Teams” e-Learning Module.  The module aims to provide research teams with the knowledge to conduct a comprehensive site level feasibility ensuring all commercial and non-commercial studies are of benefit to patients, research teams and their organisations, as well as sponsoring organisations.

You can access the course on NIHR Learn (anyone can create a NIHR Learn account).


The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care

  Created on Monday, 29 Oct 2018. Posted in Toolkit/Database

This document sets out the government’s vision for the use of technology, digital and data within health and care, to meet the needs of all users. It is hoped that the new approach will be further developed collaboratively.

The ultimate objective is the provision of better care and improved health outcomes for people in England. But this cannot be done without a clear focus on improving the technology used by the 1.4 million NHS staff. 1.5 million-strong social care workforce and those many different groups who deliver and plan health and care services for the public.


Recent research design publications October 2018

  Created on Thursday, 18 Oct 2018. Posted in Literature


Co-production in social care: What it is and how to do it

  Created on Monday, 15 Oct 2018. Posted in Co-production

This is a guide to what co-production is and how to develop co-productive approaches to working with people who use services and carers. It is aimed at managers and commissioners, frontline practitioners and people who use services and carers. Take a look, it might inspire your next research idea to create more evidence for social care improvements. 


£3M competition launches for projects that demonstrate responsible use of health data for research and innovation

  Created on Monday, 15 Oct 2018.

Health Data Research UK, which is co-funded by the NIHR, has announced a £3M funding competition for projects that will inform and shape the design and specification of the Digital Innovation Programme: a UK-wide infrastructure for health data research and innovation. This ambitious initiative is funded by UK Research and Innovation as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and will pave the way for NHS, academic researchers and industry innovators to harness scientific knowledge and emerging technologies to develop new drugs and devices and improve health services.


NIHR announces £30 million of new funding to support mental health research worldwide

  Created on Friday, 12 Oct 2018. Posted in Funding

The NIHR has announced up to £30 million of new funding to support research into mental health in low- and middle-income countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2020, mental health conditions will account for 15% of cases of disease in the world.

The new funding call, by NIHR’s Global Health Research Programme, will award Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding for mental health research to researchers in the UK and low- and middle-income countries working in partnership.