RDS NW e-bulletin – June 2023

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RDS NW e-bulletin

June 2023


The roles and contributions of public involvement leads and public co-applicants

Towards the end of last year, we hosted a national NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) webinar on the roles and contributions of public involvement leads and public co-applicants.

The webinar video has now been made available on RDSresources. The video has been divided into segments all of which are informative and helpful in distinguishing between the roles and contributions of a Public Involvement Lead and Public Co-applicant.

Other resources from this webinar have also been created including a collection of frequently asked questions and a collection of useful resources.

Access all the videos via RDSresources.


RDSBlog: Literature searching essentials

A crucial part of any research funding application is conducting a thorough literature search of your topic area. This can seem like a daunting task, but don’t worry – help is at hand!

The RDS has recently created a collection of literature-searching resources to support you, and the RDS blog this month provides you with an overview and description of how each resource can help.

Read the full blog here.


What makes a NIHR Doctoral Fellowship application excellent?

Judith Rankin is Professor of Maternal and Child Health at the University of Newcastle, and the Chair of the NIHR Doctoral Fellowship Selection Committee. As a researcher with an international reputation, she shares her thoughts, in the NIHR blog, on what makes an excellent application.

In the blog Judith says,

“There are common threads in many of the best applications I have come across as Chair, which I hope will be useful and relevant as you prepare your application.”

Read the NIHR blog.


NIHR joins forces with top UK colleges for new e-learning programme

The NIHR has invested almost £1 million to create a new programme of e-learning content for health and care professionals with an interest in research.

For the first time, funding has been allocated to 7 Royal Colleges and the College of Optometrists. This has enabled each to design online content tailored to the training needs of their aspiring researchers.

The online modules are free to use. They are ideal for health professionals interested in a research career, even if they have little or no research experience so far.

The modules will be launched in phases by each college over the next 12 months. They will be available through the NIHR Learn platform.

Find out more about this initiative.


Catalogue of Social Care Data

A recently launched catalogue of Social Care data offers opportunities to enhance the breadth and depth of social care research.

Researchers in the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science have developed the first fully comprehensive catalogue of social care data in the UK with 2,233 metrics from 33 UK-based data sources.

Increasing demands for evidence from social care research to inform discussions and decisions led to the development of the Catalogue of Social Care Data (CASCID) with funding from NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR).

Read more about CASCID.


NIHR funds new Incubators to support research careers

NIHR will fund 10 Incubators from next year to support academic research career capacity in areas where there is a national need.

The NIHR Incubator programme was established in 2018. They encourage networking, training and career development support for health and care professionals.

Seven new NIHR-supported Incubators were successful in a recent competition, and three current Incubators were successful in re-applying. All 10 Incubators will start their set-up phase from 1 July and begin in January 2024. NIHR will support them for three years.

Find out more about the new incubators.


NIHR is one of nine research funders providing £multi-million Health Data Research UK funding

NIHR is one of nine UK research funders awarding more than £70 million in funding to Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) over the next five years.

The funding will support HDR UK’s core work to accelerate trustworthy access to health data and improve treatments, deliver better health care and save lives. It will help to tackle some of the biggest global health crises, including cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and could speed up and reshape approaches to research. The share of funding provided by NIHR is £15 million.

Read more on this news story.


NHS 75: Shape the future

The NHS is celebrating its 75th birthday this year.

Join the NIHR campaign which recognises how NIHR research contributes to the NHS, saving lives and money.

Be inspired by NIHR researchers’ stories and sign up to take part in research.


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