About this event

We are offering this in-person event for health and social care professionals and researchers who want to develop and submit their first research grant to an NIHR funding programme, or other national, open-call, peer reviewed funding sources.

The event will include a presentation from a successful first-grant applicant, an overview of RDS NW support and other networks, and guidance on fundamental aspects of the design of a funding proposal including the importance of Public Involvement.

Who should attend

This event is open to North West-based healthcare professionals, social care and public health practitioners, and health and social care researchers who are intending to apply to any NIHR or other open, competitive, peer reviewed funding programme as their first grant application.

Informal drop-in sessions

If you would like an initial informal chat with an RDS NW adviser we are offering bookable drop-in sessions after the event, from 1.30pm. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like a slot, and we will contact you to arrange a time.

If you are unable to attend any afternoon drop-in sessions, please do contact the RDS NW for advice via rds-nw@lancaster.ac.uk to request a meeting with an adviser at a time convenient to you.

Event programme

10.00 am - Welcome and introduction - Andy Vail, Associate Director, Research Design Service North West (RDS NW).

10.05 am - An overview of RDS NW support - Tommy Allen, Frontline adviser, RDS NW.

10.20 am - Applying for your first project grant - a successful story - Elizabeth Dapre, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow.

10.45 am - RDS NW support - Public Involvement fund - Jenny Irvine, Specialist Public Involvement Adviser, RDS NW.

11.00 am - Questions - Andy Vail, Associate Director, RDS NW.

11.10 am - Break - refreshments.

11.25 am - How to develop your research question - Sarah Peters, Senior Adviser, RDS NW.

12.05 pm - NHS Trust Research and Development support - Helen Blackburn, Senior Research and Innovation Manager, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

12.20 pm - NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) support - Ola Metryka, Study Support Service Lead, CRN.

12.35 pm - Questions.

12.50 pm - End of session.

Download a PDF version of the programme here.