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  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.