RDS NW e-bulletin – July 2022

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RDS NW e-bulletin

July 2022


RDS NW Public Involvement How-to Guide

If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at our refreshed Public Involvement How-to Guide, both in interactive and PDF form.

The guide includes:

  • updated terminology
  • additional things to consider when involving the public in the research process
  • even more advice.

This guide is for researchers, research managers, public contributors and the wider public involved in or interested in the process of public involvement in the design of research.


NIHR Research Design Service Community Engagement Toolkit

Inclusive community engagement means more than ‘involving’ individuals and representatives as members of research steering groups and advisory groups. It is about planning research in the community, and with the community the research is seeking to benefit. Inclusive community engagement seeks to include people with diverse experiences and perspectives who may have unmet needs that have not yet have been represented in research priority setting, decision making or planning.

Whilst individual relationships are important, the emphasis is upon building alliances with wider communities.

There needs to be commitment from the outset to build collaborative and mutually beneficial research partnerships which extend beyond individual projects. It is about engaging early and investing in mutually beneficial outcomes to support the project and beyond.

To help you achieve this, the community engagement toolkit highlights 10 guiding principles.


RDS Blog: Capturing the Contribution

Public involvement is a requirement for all funding applications, giving emphasis to the phrase ‘nothing about us, without us’.

All RDS regions have public contributor teams to support their work and this month’s blog documents a 360° look at what that contribution looks like in the East Midlands; highlighting the value and impact of their work from the viewpoints of the public contributors, RDS advisers and researchers.

Read the blog here.


NIHR Incubator for Clinical Education Research Mastering the Basics 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 Mastering the Basics research training event, on 21 September, is a one-day ‘bootcamp’ that builds on the ‘Mastering the Basics’ webinar series and will guide you through the practicalities of developing your project, assembling your team and submitting a funding bid.


NIHR’s new publishing platform to expand its publicly available research information

NIHR’s new publishing platform allows researchers to rapidly publish any research information they wish to share, supporting transparency, reproducibility and impact from publicly funded research.

NIHR Open Research allows NIHR researchers to publish not only study findings but also incremental findings, case reports and even negative findings, thus supporting the entire life cycle of research.

Following a successful pilot, NIHR Open Research has now been opened up to all types of NIHR-funded and supported research. The platform uses a post-publication peer review model facilitated by F1000, which accelerates the publishing process while ensuring quality of the research.

Find out more about NIHR Open Research.


New NIHR funding announced to support next generation of dementia researchers

NIHR has introduced £11.8 million in funding for promising early career researchers to pursue dementia research and to build up their number and skills across the NIHR family.

NIHR, working in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Society, has announced new funding to strengthen capacity and capability in dementia health and care research across the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs).

In addition, the three NIHR research schools – in primary care, public health and social care – have also funded a number of dementia career development awards and projects to encourage new and developing dementia researchers to lead studies.

Find out more about this new funding.

Request advice on your application.


NIHR Programme Development Grant (PDG) webinar for developing innovative, inclusive and diverse public partnerships resources – recording available

A recording of the webinar is now available.

This Programme Development Grant call is in response to researcher, public and community feedback that highlighted more time and space is needed to plan and develop relationships and ways of working together for more relevant and impactful research. The PDG scheme invites applications to carry out and evaluate novel partnership-based development activities that break new ground in research involvement and engagement, including involvement with groups who have been under-served by research.

Further information on the call is available here. The deadline is 21 September 2022.

Request advice on your application.


New NIHR guidance for easier payment of public contributors to research

NIHR has launched new guidance to help organisations, researchers and involvement staff pay members of the public to help shape life-changing health and social care research across the UK and Ireland.

Find out more about this guidance.


Other events and webinars

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