• Being a Clinical Health Researcher: Career Advice from the Front Line
    9 Feb 2016 - London

    Are you a nurse, midwife, pharmacist, healthcare scientists or allied health professional curious about a career in clinical health research, or in the early stages of your research career?

    Want to learn more about National Institute for Health Research training opportunities?

    Ready to be inspired by stories from clinical health researchers?

    Then join the NIHR at the third non-medical professions researchers meeting for 130 clinical research active and aspiring researchers on 9 February 2016.


  • Developing proposals for the renewed NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme - A NIHR Research Design Service North West seminar
    11 Feb 2016 - Liverpool

    This seminar is one of a series organised by the NIHR Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) to highlight national funding opportunities for applied health and social care research. The aim is to give researchers a better understanding of funding priorities, application processes and future plans and an opportunity for dialogue with panel members and successful grant holders. We will highlight Public Involvement and how the RDS NW can support you through the application process.

    At this seminar Professor David Armstrong, RfPB Programme Director, will also be presenting an overview of the RfPB programme.


  • Developing proposals for the renewed Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme - a support afternoon for applicants
    11 Feb 2016 - Liverpool

    Are you planning to submit a RfPB grant application in March 2016?

    Do you want advice from experts on topics such as research methods, patient and public involvement and costings?

    Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) is providing a support afternoon for people applying to the RfPB programme for research funding.

    For those planning to submit an RfPB proposal in competition 29, we will provide a facilitated half-day support session for applicants involving one-to-one advice with a range of experts from different methodological backgrounds. The aim is to maximise your chances of success in securing RfPB funding and to ensure your project is robust, well designed and properly supported.

    • The session is open to researchers across the North West.
    • There is no charge for the session.
    • It is a requirement that people apply for the session via our application form, as places for research teams are limited to seven.

    The session can accommodate a maximum of seven research teams. If it is oversubscribed we will prioritise those most likely to benefit from the support it provides. Others will be encouraged to access individual RDS NW support.


  • 3rd #CountMeIn! Scientific Meeting: Supporting children’s participation – evidence and interventions
    6 Apr 2016 - Plymouth

    The programme for this event will provide you with the opportunity to and learn about complex interventions, how to use evidence from other fields, such as behaviour change, to advance participation and applied health research.


  • Improving Health by Improving Trials
    25 Apr 2016 - Liverpool

    Clinical Trial Training for Investigators.

    The number of clinical trials being conducted has increased, and the need for greater efficiency in design, conduct, analysis and reporting has been recognised in both the public and industry sector.

    The programme will include: Trial design, trial conduct, recruitment of trial participants, public and patient involvement, analysis and reporting, health economics.


  • 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.


  • Residential Grant Writing Retreat
    13 Jun 2016 - Bath

    The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) is offering a unique opportunity for health and social care professionals across England to attend a week-long residential Grant Writing Retreat in June 2016. The purpose of the Retreat is to give busy professionals dedicated time to rapidly progress their research idea into fundable proposals.

    The Retreat will provide a supportive environment for teams of two or three people to develop high quality research proposals prior to application to national peer-reviewed funding streams. Preference will be given to proposals for NIHR schemes, although teams intending to apply to other funders of applied health and social care research will also be considered. Please note that proposals for personal awards (e.g. fellowships) are not eligible.

    Applications are invited from teams of two or three people, at least one of whom must be a health or social care professional working in England. To cover costs, there is a fee of £3,300 for each team of three and £2,700 for each team of two. This fee includes food and accommodation. Applications to attend the Retreat should be submitted on a standard form available from the Research Design Service North West Coordinator at rds-nw@lancaster.ac.uk

    Applications will be reviewed competitively and places awarded to teams with the most promising proposals. Support from your local RDS is essential for successful application and applicants are strongly advised to make contact with them as soon as possible.

    The RDS Grant Writing Retreat will be held at Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath starting at 11am on Monday 13 and ending at 2.00pm on Friday 17 June 2016.

    Research teams attending the Retreat will have access to a range of RDS advisers while developing their proposals. Away from the workplace, they will have protected time to work intensively on their proposals. By the last day of the Retreat, teams will have well-developed research proposals that, with continued support from their local RDS, will subsequently be submitted to appropriate funding streams.

    CPD approval pending.

    For more details, including Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the Grant Writing Retreat pages on our national website here.