RDS NW e-bulletin – January 2023

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RDS NW e-bulletin

January 2023


Save the date – 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 midday, online – optional ‘meet an adviser’ one to one meeting after the event, prior booking required

The NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme are inviting Nurses and Midwives to make 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 (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 a member of the RfPB team about the programme and the highlight notice.
  • hear from a successful client
  • learn how to build your dream research team
  • find out what support is available to help you apply
  • hear top tips on developing an application for RfPB funding

There will optional ‘meet an adviser’ one to ones after the event.

Full details and registration will be made available shorty.

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RDS blog: Researcher, adviser, committee member – we’re all on the same side

NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) advisers use their writing skills, methodological expertise, and funding panel observation knowledge to help you design and develop the strongest possible research project and funding application, so that service users may in the future benefit from your ideas.

January’s blog from Claire Rosten, an RDS Research Methodologist, talks about the role of the RDS advisers and experience they bring when advising or your funding application.

As the new year starts, dip into the RDS blogs to find out how we can support you at every stage of your journey to submitting that successful funding application.


NIHR Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Webinar

6 February 2023, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, online

There is still time to apply to attend the HSDR webinar.

Speakers for the webinar will include:

  • a programme manager from the HSDR team who will give an overview of the HSDR remit
  • a former HSDR panel member who will speak about what the panel are looking for in an application
  • two current HSDR grant holders who will describe their studies
  • the Director of RDS East of England (RDS EoE) who will talk about the help available for applicants

Register for the webinar.


Researcher Roadshow – Exploring Health Data Science webinar

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.


Essential Guide to Grant Applications 2023 masterclass

8 to 10 March 2023, online

If you have an idea for a health or social care research proposal but require help with writing a grant application, EGGA is for you!

EGGA is a free to attend, three-day masterclass, funded and hosted by NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) South Central, on how to write a grant application that is strong from a methodological point of view, reads well and presents a convincing case for funding.

The masterclass will focus on how to sell your research idea by:

  • writing a convincing application with a good structure, flow and argument
  • presenting a strong methods section, including statistical, qualitative, health economics and patient and public involvement (PPI) elements
  • having a good project plan
  • engaging with sources of external support for your research
  • making your research idea clear and compelling to reviewers
  • offering important tips on writing, along with guidance on what reviewers will be looking for in an application

Find out more about EGGA and register.


NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme – Regional Advisory Committee Member vacancies

The RfPB Programme is seeking to appoint members to the various Regional Advisory Committees. They are looking for clinicians and senior applied health researchers, social care researchers or practitioners in a number of expertise areas.

RfPB is a regionally-based, response mode programme that makes awards of up to £350,000 for projects of up to three years in length. It funds research covering a wide range of health, public health and social care challenges.

The role of the Regional Advisory Committee is to review grant applications and make funding recommendations to the Programme Director and Department of Health and Social Care.

Committee membership tenure is for two years in the first instance, with the potential for renewal for a further two years. Reasonable travel and expenses are reimbursed.

Vacancies are available on all the RfPB regional committees. The closing date for application is 1 May 2023.

Find out more and apply for the vacancies.

Be Part of Research Volunteer Service

The new Be Part of Research Volunteer Service helps put researchers in contact with people who have expressed an interest in that area of research.

The aim is make it easier for researchers to find participants, and for potential participants to find research opportunities that might be suitable for them.

Volunteers are invited to create an account and give consent to be contacted by the Be Part of Research team. They can indicate which condition areas they are particularly interested in, and provide basic details. The Be Part of Research team can direct them to studies they may be interested in, from studies registered with the service.

Studies on the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Portfolio, or those that are NIHR-funded, are potentially able to use the service, including commercial and non-commercial studies. The service is free of charge to use.

Find out more about the Volunteer Service.


NIHR 2021 to 2022 annual report

In December, the NIHR published its annual report and accounts, highlighting milestones and achievements during the 2021 to 2022 financial year.

The report features:

  • an introduction from Professor Lucy Chappell, Chief Executive of the NIHR
  • a compilation of NIHR news highlights from throughout the year
  • NIHR’s financial summary for 2021 to 2022

You can read the full report in PDF format (.PDF) and on the NIHR website.


The People Centred Clinical Research project

The NHS Health Research Authority (HRA) people centred clinical research project aims to improve the way clinical research happens in the UK, so that:

  • there are more opportunities for more people to take part
  • it is better for people who do take part
  • there are better health and care decisions
  • there is reduced research waste

To do this:

  • they are looking at what the existing research literature says
  • they are asking people for their views and experiences
  • they are sharing what good looks like and making recommendations to help changes in practice

HRA have launched a survey, as part of the project, for you to share your feedback and help improve clinical research.

Find out more about the project.


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