All future events

  • Annual R&D Forum Conference 2016
    23 May 2016 - Stratford Upon Avon

    This year’s annual Forum event is to be held in association with the HRA on the 23rd and 24th May in beautiful Stratford upon Avon. The Programme committee, made up of Forum members and stakeholders, is currently drafting an exciting programme to be released in the new year. Please watch the R&D Forum twitter feed and website for the latest information plus details of how you can book and exhibit.

  • From research idea to funding application - putting your grant proposal together support event
    26 May 2016 - Lancaster

    This RDS NW event is for health and social care professionals and researchers in the North West of England who want to develop and submit an application to NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) or another NIHR research funding stream.

    Attending the event will help to make your application stronger and increase your chance of getting your research idea funded.

    This is a free event and lunch is provided.

  • Residential Grant Writing Retreat
    13 Jun 2016 - Bath

    Applications for the 2016 Retreat are now closed. Please see our events page for information about future events

  • NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research - Information Events
    29 Jun 2016 -

    Save the date

    These events will offer an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funding stream. Registration to these events will be FREE and refreshments will be provided.

    Professor Paul Little, Director of the PGfAR programme will be joined by staff from the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) and a local PGfAR funding panel member to give a presentation followed by a Q&A session.

    Researchers currently developing, or considering developing, a proposal for submission to PGfAR for funding are invited to take advantage of a one to one session with PGfAR programme and RDS staff to discuss their proposed study.

    More detail including how you can reserve a place at one of these events will follow.

    Events are being arranged in the following areas:

    • North East (Newcastle) – 29 June 2016
    • East Midlands (Nottingham) – 3 October 2016
    • East of England (tbc) – 6 October 2016
    • North West (Manchester) – 24 November 2016.

    These events are hosted by the NIHR Research Design Service.

    Download the event save the date flyer here.


  • Overcoming challenges: Innovative solutions in public involvement in research
    6 Sep 2016 - Manchester

    The NIHR Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) is holding a one day event on 6 September 2016, from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm in Manchester.

    The event will be a chance to explore and share innovative and effective ways of involving members of the public in health and social care research.

    Further details of the event will be made available soon.

    Abstract submission invitation

    We are seeking abstracts from people who have involved members of the public in research in innovative ways in order to illustrate the wide potential for public involvement at all stages of the research process and any challenges involved.

    Successful applicants will have a 20 minute oral session. These presentations may have up to two presenters, ideally including a member of the public who has been involved in the project. The conference is free to all, and we will pay any out-of-pocket expenses incurred by members of the public who attend.

    Abstracts should be emailed to

    The deadline for abstract submission is 30 May 2016. Abstracts will be reviewed by our group in June, and we will be in contact again soon after.

    Abstract submissions should include the following information:

    • names of presenters – up to two
    • contact email
    • title of the presentation
    • abstract – 250 words maximum.  Please include:
      • A brief description of the project, its aims and methods,
      • How the project actively involved members of the public,
      • What were the challenges of involvement,
      • What were the benefits of involvement.