Request advice

You may contact us at any stage of your proposal development, but it is preferable to contact us at an early stage to discuss your ideas. Please note there are eligibility criteria for using the RDS NW advice service.

For information on how we use your personal information, please take a look at our Privacy statement here.

Please consult our confidentiality statement for information on how we handle the content of your project applications and associated intellectual property.

Use the contact details below to send advice request forms, for any general enquiries and if you would like to comment on our website.

Advice Request Form

In order for us to advise you we require some details about you, your project / research idea and the type of advice that your require.

Please fill in our advice request form and send back using any of the methods below. Fill is as much as you can. If you are unable to complete the form please contact us, for assistance, using the email address or phone number below.

If you have a draft proposal or any other supporting information, please send it as well. We aim to respond to you in 2 working days of receipt of your request form.

Download the advice request form (Word) here or PDF version of the form here.


Please also contact us using these details if you have any general questions or comments about the service.

Not based in North West England

If you are not based in the North West of England then please visit the National NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) website for contact details of the RDS in your region (England only).

COVID-19 and our advice service

The Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) will continue to support people developing research funding applications for health, social care and public health research as required.

RDS NW will be available to provide this support via non-face to face means due to the advice regarding social distancing. This can be by email, telephone or videoconferencing whichever is easiest.

DHSC has issued guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on research funded or supported by NIHR.