RDS NW e-bulletin – May 2022

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RDS NW e-bulletin

May 2022


The NIHR’s Trialblazers campaign

We are now in the second week of the NIHR’s Trialblazer campaign. This campaign, which is part of NIHR’s Be Part of Research, aims to create a sense of community among research volunteers – bringing people together to celebrate each other, feel proud and excited to share their message with the world!

Trialblazers showcases the vital role of trial volunteers and ask for their help recruiting their friends, family and colleagues to ‘Join the TrialBlazers’ and #BePartOfResearch.

Inspiring true-life stories from people who have been part of research have been shared throughout the campaign and a video of a poet reading a poem about research was released on International Clinical Trials Day on 20 May 2022.

The Trialblazers campaign runs through to 29 May 2022.

Please support by spreading the word on Facebook or Twitter – share or retweet posts, add your own messages using #BePartOfResearch.


RDS Blog: Key messages from the Thinking Ahead Study – Barriers and Enablers to End of Life Care Planning with Ethnically Diverse Patients, their Family and Health Care Professionals

This month’s blog linked in with ‘Dying Matters’ awareness week, which was held 2 to 6 May 2022. Take a look at the Tweets from this week using #DMAW22.

The blog talks about an important research project that looked into the barriers and enablers to end of life care planning with ethnically diverse patients, their family and health care professionals.

Coming out of the project are stories, an e-learning programme and the first of a series of short videos looking at the key messages arising from the research.

Discussing end of life care is difficult but this team provides you with the tools to have those conversations whilst remaining culturally sensitive to people’s needs.

Read the blog here.


PHRADA currently supporting NIHR Public Health Research funding applications

Public Health Research Applications and Design Advice (PHRADA) is provided by the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) across England to support applicants to develop competitive applications to the NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) programme.

The PHRADA team support applicants applying to selected PHR commissioned calls throughout the application process. Anyone considering submitting an application to the commissioned calls currently being supported by PHRADA can use the service.

PHRADA is currently supporting the following PHR calls:

For more information or to speak to a PHRADA adviser complete the PHRADA online form.


NIHR Clinical Education Research and Emergency Care Incubator events

The NIHR Incubator for Clinical Education Research is hosting a hybrid programme of interactive webinars, workshops and a face-to-face event that aims to demystify, explain, explore and inspire those with a passion for clinical education research.

Events still to come include:

The NIHR Emergency Care Incubator is hosting a two-day symposium in Bristol from 23 to 24 June 2022, for emerging and aspiring researchers in emergency care, to learn from specialty leaders.

Small group workshops and interactive events will focus on developing core research skills, including project development, grant-writing, patient and public involvement, presentation, and knowledge exchange.


Over 1,000 health and care professionals have now got involved with research for the first time

The NIHR has announced that over 1,000 health and care professionals have now got involved with research for the first time as part of the Associate Principal Investigator (PI) Scheme.

This scheme, which began as an opportunity for surgical trainees in the West Midlands in 2018 and has since developed into a nationwide flagship NIHR training scheme, providing doctors, nurses and other health professionals with the skills to become the next generation of PIs.

Read the more of this article here.


Developing Research Leaders Awards – 2022 Call

As part of the NIHR School for Social Care Research’s (SSCR) commitment to developing research capacity in adult social care, they are inviting Stage 1 applications to their 2022 call for Developing Research Leaders Awards.

With support from the NIHR Academy, they are seeking high-quality applications from individuals to develop their careers as research leaders in adult social care research in England. Applicants can request funding of up to £50,000.

The Developing Research Leaders Award (DRLA) Scheme aims to address the need to support individuals at a more advanced level in their research careers by providing tailored and targeted support to develop further as the next leaders for adult social care research. This is particularly where individuals would benefit from resources to help them to accelerate their progression.

The deadline for Stage 1 applications is 4.30pm on 5 July 2022. Applicants are asked to submit an Intention to Submit by 4.30pm on 21 June 2022.

Request advice on your SSCR application.


Programme Development Grants – Developing Innovative, Inclusive and Diverse Public Partnerships call

Effective collaborative partnership working is where different organisations, communities and people agree to work together for mutual benefit. It is vital for prioritising, developing, delivering and using research that meets the health or social care needs of all citizens and diverse communities.

The NIHR Programme Development Grants (PDG) scheme is launching an annual funding call to support the development of inclusive and/or new ways of partnership working between researchers, people and communities and other key stakeholders. It is expected that these awards will provide a springboard for long lasting research collaborations and relationships that benefit all parties alike within and beyond the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) programme.

You can read more about the aims of the call on the NIHR blog. There is more information for researchers, community groups and stakeholders about how to link up and find collaborators on the People In Research website.

Watch this short video to find out more about the call, or read the accessible video transcript. When the call opens on 27 July 2022, you can apply through the relevant funding opportunity post.

Read the full call brief here.

Request advice on your PDG application.


NIHR’s Research for Social Care call to run twice per year, with expanded remit to include children and young people’s social care

NIHR’s Research for Social Care (RfSC) call will now run twice per year instead of once, thanks to increased NIHR investment into social care research.

The programme also has a new commitment to fund research in the area of social care for children and young people, working in partnership with the Department for Education.

Alongside the announcement of NIHR’s recent change in name to the National Institute for Health and Care Research to reflect its increased focus on social care research, RfSC has launched an additional call for research proposals.

The call will now be bi-annual, with rounds five and six opening in 2022. Call 5 opens on 25 May, with the deadline for applications on 14 September. Call 6 will open in autumn 2022.

Read more about the RfSC changes here.


28 June 2022, 11.00am to 12.30pm, online

The RDS, jointly with the RfSC programme office, is hosting a webinar to support applicants to the RfSC call 5.

This information session is open nationally to social care researchers, practitioners, users and carers to introduce the latest call.

Speakers include the RfSC Programme Team, RfSC committee deputy chair, a previously-successful candidate and a public involvement expert. The remit, requirements and application process of RfSC calls will be covered.

Register for the RfSC webinar here.

Request advice on your RfSC application.


Does your area of research affect the wider determinants of health?

In growing recognition of the need to tackle wider preventable risk factors and determinants of health, the NIHR is funding a NIHR Population Health Career Scientist Award.

Applications are welcomed from researchers in all disciplines which impact the determinants of health e.g.: environmental science, mathematics, architecture, engineering, geography, education, social sciences, social policy, the arts, as well as public health.

  • Applications should be made before 1.00pm on 30 June 2022. 
  • Each award will be for a period of five years, full-time equivalent, and will provide funding to cover salary and research expenses.
  • Individual applicants will need to be based in an eligible Higher Education Institution (HEI) or equivalent in the UK and will be expected to have explicit support from their host organisations over the duration of the award either in the form of funding or resources ‘in kind’ e.g. research assistant support/PhD students to the Fellow if successful.
  • There is an expectation that the research supported through this award will be of importance and relevance to local government, ideally with explicit support from local government colleagues.

It is envisaged that the scheme will be run over subsequent fellowship rounds, next call likely April 2023, to achieve a cohort of leaders in population health research across both the UK and the range of themes. All award-holders would be expected to participate in NIHR Academy activities as part of the wider ‘family’ of personal award-holders.


Other events and webinars

NIHR funding opportunities

Request advice on your funding application to any of these funding calls.


Always check with the event organisers/funder for latest information.