RDS NW e-bulletin – February 2023

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RDS NW e-bulletin

February 2023


Developing a proposal in Applied Health and Social Care: NIHR Research for Patient Benefit – highlight notice for Nurses and Midwives online event

29 March 2023, 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, online

The NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme are inviting Nurses and Midwives to submit research funding applications to the RfPB under-represented disciplines and specialisms highlight notice: Nurses and Midwives.

The call offers researchers considerable flexibility to focus on any subject area or topic provided the application is within RfPB remit. All applications to this highlight notice must have a nurse or a midwife in an early stage of their research career as either the lead or joint-lead applicant.

The NIHR Research Design Service North West (RDS) is holding an event to help support Nurses and Midwives in developing funding applications to this call.

At the event you will:

  • hear from Dr Kasia Kuleszewicz, RfPB Senior Programme Manager about the programme and the highlight notice
  • hear from a previous successful applicant
  • learn how to build your dream research team
  • find out what support is available to help you apply to this call
  • hear top tips on developing an application for RfPB funding

Find out more and register for the event.

Request advice on your application.


RDS blog: Remote Trial Delivery

This month’s RDS blog is from the RDS North West’s, Specialist Clinical Trials Adviser, Ben Hardwick.

Delivering trials remotely may be the way that trials are delivered for the foreseeable future. The blog this month explores the strengths, opportunities, and challenges they present.      

Read February’s RDS blog.


Programme Director for Programme Grants for Applied Research and Programme Development Grants vacancy

NIHR is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to shape the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) and Programme Development Grant (PDG) Programmes as the Programme Director. This prestigious appointment also offers the opportunity to help shape NIHR strategy through contributing to the NIHR strategy board and other NIHR strategic initiatives dependent on the successful candidate’s interests and prior experience.

The role offers senior applied health, public health and social care researchers the chance to develop the strategic direction of the PGfAR and PDG funding schemes, and lead the sub-committees that formally assess applications and subsequently make funding recommendations for large scale, high quality programmes of research for the benefit of patients, service users, carers and the NHS and would be ideally suited to those who hold senior NIHR awards, such as senior investigators or emeritus Research Professors.

NIHR is taking action for diversity and inclusion. They particularly welcome applicants from an ethnic minority background, different ages, and disabled people as they are currently under-represented on our committees.

Information about the role can be found here.

The deadline for applications is 31 March, 1.00 pm.


Researcher Roadshow – Exploring Health Data Science webinar – still time to register

1 March 2023, starting at 10.00 am, online

The RDS, Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), the Medical Research Council (MRC) Regulatory Support Centre and NHS Digital are pleased to offer the opportunity to attend the sixth in a series of virtual researcher roadshows.

This free to attend event is aimed at researchers and others working with health and social care datasets who would like to increase their understanding of roles of health data scientists and value of health data science.

The event will bring together health data scientists from the NHS, academia, and industry and provide insights and perspectives on the important work they do.

This event will include presentations on different roles and careers in health data science and different methods and approaches used by health data scientists.

Register for the virtual roadshow.


Research Learning Lectures: a series of lectures for anyone in Health and Social Care interested in learning more about research

The NIHR Associate Principal Investigator (PI) Scheme is pleased to announce the Research Learning Lectures: a series of lectures for anyone in Health and Social Care interested in learning more about research.

What are the Research Learning Lectures?

The Research Learning Lectures are a series of lectures covering a variety of topics relating to basic science, clinical trial methodology and statistics. 

The lectures provide career advice for anyone who wishes to know more about research or work towards a career in research or academia. 

Attendees will also hear from and put questions to research experts from across the world.

The Research Learning Lectures have been developed by Dr Kiran Reddy and Queen’s University Belfast Critical Care & Respiratory Research Group and are hosted by the NIHR Associate PI Scheme.

Who are the Research Learning Lectures aimed at?

  • Current Associate PIs.
  • Associate PI Alumni.
  • Health and Care professionals with an interest in learning more about research. 
  • Those with an interest in learning about research delivery or research leadership.
  • Those with an interest in a career in Clinical Academia.

How to Register

To register please visit the Eventbrite page.  

Upcoming Lectures

The next lecture ‘ARDS subphenotypes’ will be delivered by Prof Carolyn Calfee on 29 March at 4.00 pm.

You can also browse the future lectures in the series and register for those in advance via the Eventbrite page. 

If you are unable to attend a lecture, each webinar will be recorded and made available to play back in your own time. The recordings will be available to access via the events page on the Associate PI Scheme Resources Site.


New public involvement role in the NHS Health Research Authority – Vacancy

Putting people first in health and social care research is at the very heart of the Health Research Authority (HRA).

The organisation is looking for someone who shares this passion to become its first Head of Public Involvement – a role which will champion public involvement and lead on this important and high-profile area of work.

This is an exciting time for the HRA with lots of opportunities to develop and shape public involvement across health and social care research.

The HRA would love to hear from anyone with considerable experience in public involvement, from any sector. Find out more about the role and how to apply here.

Other events and webinars

NIHR funding opportunities

Find more NIHR funding opportunities here.

Request advice on your application.


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