You may contact the RDS 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.

Use the contact details below to send advice request forms or for any general enquiries and comments on the website.

For information on how we use your personal information, please take a look at our Data Protection and Privacy Statement here.

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.

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.


The NIHR Research Design Service for the North West,
Faculty of Health and Medicine,
Division of Health Research,
Lancaster University,
LA1 4YG.

01524 593209.

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).