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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.


Making an impact with your research

Making an impact with your research

01 May 2019

Demonstrating research impact is becoming increasingly important, as funders need to be confident that they are investing public money in projects that will benefit people living with health conditions or using services. There are many different ways of thinking about impact and our blog this month guides you through the steps to help you write your own impact plan.

Inspired - but is your research idea novel?

Inspired - but is your research idea novel?

01 April 2019

We can all have great ideas for research, but if you're intending to apply for funding it's vital that you check your idea is novel. It's the first check any funding panel will make, so let us help you jump that first hurdle and follow the tips in this month's RDSblog.

The Monday Morning Moral Maze

The Monday Morning Moral Maze

01 March 2019

Considering ethics at research design stage is vital to strengthen your funding application! Read our case study which illuminates that even seemingly low risk studies can raise considerable concerns.

Minding your Ps and Qs

Minding your Ps and Qs

01 February 2019

In the increasingly competitive world of research funding, just how do you stand out from the crowd and ensure your project lands on the top of the funding pile? Read this month's blog and make sure you have the essential ingredients for success.

Demystifying Public Involvement with Young People

Demystifying Public Involvement with Young People

01 January 2019

'Never work with children (young people) or animals' or so the quote goes, well we're just going to change your mind with this month's blog on the inspiring young adult patient and public involvement group YAPPI!

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.