Who are we?

The Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as part of a network of regional Research Design Services in England.

The Research Design Service provides advice on research design to researchers in the North West who are developing proposals for national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.

This would include schemes such as the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit, Personal Awards Schemes and Programme Grants as well as opportunities from major funders such as the Medical Research Council (MRC) and charitable organisations such as The Wellcome Foundation.

The aim of the service is to increase the number of successful applications for funding for applied people-focused health and social care research.

This Web Site provides online support, access to details on how our service is run and access to advice from our expert advisors.

RDS NW Structure – In Brief

The service consists of a central coordinating office based at Lancaster University and three local offices:

The three Local Offices bring together senior academics at Universities across the region.

These senior academics provide expert advice on all aspect of the Research Design process, including help on applying for relevant funding. To find out more information on the particular advice topics covered, please go to the What We Offer Link. Please note there are eligibility criteria for using our advice service. Please go to the Who Can Use Us Link for more details.