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Developing your NIHR Proposal

Last week the Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) hosted an event on developing funding proposals in applied health and social care. The event was aimed at academics putting their first bid in to any NIHR scheme – I went along to find out what NIHR are looking for.

What is the RDS?

The Research Design Service is a free service offered by NIHR to help you design and develop your research and offer methodological support to health and social care researchers. The service isn’t just for NIHR though, you can seek their advice for any funding application going to a national peer-reviewed funding programme.

The team are able to help develop your ideas, help you chose the correct funding stream and give advice to improve your research. They recommend getting in touch as soon as you decide you’d like to apply – at least 6 months in advance, if possible.

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 Developing your research question

A well-structured question is an important aspect to your proposal and the RDS had a few good acronyms to help to guide your question formation, you should look to include the following elements:

PICOPopulation – Intervention – Comparison – Outcome

CIMOContext – Intervention – Mechanisms – Outcome

SPICESetting – Population – Intervention – Comparison – Evaluation

Hit all of the points in your chosen acronym and you should be well on your way to a clear and structured question.

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The Importance of PPI

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is a major focus for NIHR, they want to see bids that have been developed, not just with beneficiaries in mind, with them helping to shape the entire proposal. NIHR want to see that you’ve engaged with the public to understand what end users want to gain from your research, how it can improve the NHS and to make sure it’s an area worth researching!

Many proposals give PPI as an afterthought, simply conducting a few interviews and treating it as a tick box exercise but, on the Research for Patients Benefit panel (RfPB), 15% of reviewers are lay people and for them it’s an important issue. I met with a reviewer on the RfPB panel who explained the importance of being able to clearly understand the proposal (no unexplained acronyms or technical jargon!) and how lay reviewers often go straight to the PPI section to see what work you’ve already been conducting.

It’s important that you don’t treat this like a tick box exercise, like it or not PPI is here to stay. For anyone looking to carry out PPI work prior to an application the RDS offers a small pot of money (£350) to allow you to conduct some small scale work – see here for details.

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Horizon 2020: Do you know a talented researcher who wants to come to the UK?

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Picture the scene. You know someone who would be a perfect addition to your research group – they have their PhD* and a good track record, their research is a great fit and they have good links to other organisations (including their current employer). The only snag is they’re not local, in fact they’re not even based in the UK.

If this sounds familiar, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions “Individual Fellowships”, may be just what you’re looking for.

So how do they work?

The scheme provides fully funded fellowships of up to 24 months for researchers to come to Manchester Met from any country other than the UK. They can be working in any discipline and together with colleagues at Manchester Met, they can build their own programme of research in any field. The application is made jointly between the prospective fellow and Manchester Met and does not require a large partnership.

The really good news is you also have plenty of time to prepare your application – the next deadline will be 14 September 2017. However, the scheme is competitive, so we would advise you to start thinking now and get a head start on the competition!

If you’re interested in finding out more or think you may have someone who fits the bill, please get in touch (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

(* even if they don’t have their PhD, if they have four years full time research experience they also qualify) 

Manchester Met Information Event

For those of you interested in the scheme, we will be holding an event on 23 May 2017, from 2.00-4.00 pm where you can find out more and also hear about Dr Emma Hodson-Tole’s experiences of securing funding from the scheme. If you are interested in attending please register here by 10 May 2017 – we have limited places available, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Unfortunately, attendance is restricted to our Manchester Met-based subscribers, but those of you based at different institutions may be interested in the events being run by UK Research Office.

 


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H2020: MSCA Individual Fellowships – Info Events

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In preparation for the call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships, our  colleagues at UKRO (the UK National Contact Point for MSCAs) have announced details of two information events (Liverpool on 5 May 2017 and Bristol on 23 May 2017).

The events are free of charge, and you can find out more and register for the Liverpool event here and the Bristol event here.

Manchester Met information session

For those of you unable to make it to Liverpool or Bristol for the UKRO sessions, we are in the process of planning an information session of our own at Manchester Met.

So we can get an idea of interest, please drop us a line at euro_res@mmu.ac.uk if you would be interested in attending (Ed – please note that this session will only be open to colleagues from Manchester Met).

MSCA Individual Fellowships

The MSCA Individual Fellowships can support researchers to pursue a fellowship at Manchester Met for up to two years. The scheme targets individuals with a PhD or equivalent full time research experience. Manchester Met can apply for support to host researchers in any discipline who have spent less than 12 months of the past three years in the UK. The next call for proposals will open on 11 April 2017, with a deadline of 14 September 2017.


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Health Research Authority (HRA) Researcher Training Day

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On the 24th February 2017, Manchester Metropolitan will welcome the Health Research Authority (HRA) to conduct training for University staff and students.

About:

• To introduce researchers to the HRA and making applications to undertake research within the NHS
• Series of presentations and interactive sessions designed to give researchers insight into the ethical issues considered by RECs
• To help researchers anticipate the ethical concerns RECs may raise
• To outline guidance on consent and patient/participant information sheets

Who:

• Academic researchers, postgraduate student researchers and their academic supervisors from Manchester Metropolitan University only
• Researchers undertaking research with NHS patients or their data

To view the agenda and register for the event, please visit the Eventbrite.

We would encourage you to attend the whole day to maximise your understanding of research ethics and the HRA application process.

Certificates of attendance will be issued at the end of the day.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please indicate any special dietary requirements when registering. If you have any special requirements in terms of access, please contact Mark Dyer.


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Health Research Authority (HRA) Researcher Training Day

hra-logo-1

On the 24th February 2017, Manchester Metropolitan will welcome the Health Research Authority (HRA) to conduct training for University staff and students.

About:

• To introduce researchers to the HRA and making applications to undertake research within the NHS
• Series of presentations and interactive sessions designed to give researchers insight into the ethical issues considered by RECs
• To help researchers anticipate the ethical concerns RECs may raise
• To outline guidance on consent and patient/participant information sheets

Who:

• Academic researchers, postgraduate student researchers and their academic supervisors from Manchester Metropolitan University only
• Researchers undertaking research with NHS patients or their data

To view the agenda and register for the event, please visit the Eventbrite.

We would encourage you to attend the whole day to maximise your understanding of research ethics and the HRA application process.

Certificates of attendance will be issued at the end of the day.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please indicate any special dietary requirements when registering. If you have any special requirements in terms of access, please contact Mark Dyer.


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Calling future RKE Leaders

The hugely successful and acclaimed Future Research and Knowledge Exchange Leaders Programme is now in its third year and is about to recruit the next cohort to start the programme in June 2016. This major personal development programme was hailed as a cutting-edge programme at the Vitae ‘Developing the next generation of research leaders’ national event earlier this year. The application process is competitive and places are limited to 12 per intake.

The Manchester Met Future RKE Leaders programme is aimed primarily at senior lecturers with an emerging or increasing track record in RKE who are leading, or who aspire to lead a research team.

Over 3-5 years, participants are supported to a point where they will be able to generate significant RKE income, lead research or knowledge exchange activity and teams, and contribute to the achievement of the University’s Research and Knowledge Exchange ambitions.

Participants benefit from sessions delivered by internal and external contributors on a range of leadership and research/KE specific topics.

The programme has received extremely positive feedback from current participants. Cross-faculty networking has proven to be very useful, as has the mentoring support. Participants have learnt some vital skills and techniques across a variety of topics such as Research Impact, Project Management and leadership skills.

So if you have the ability and aspiration to grow as a research team leader and have the drive and desire to help take the University research and knowledge exchange agenda forward, get your application in!

Download full details of the programme and the application form. Applications must be returned via Deans, to Richard Phillips, OD&T Manager by 2nd May 2016.


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Learning Development Programme

This ITT has been created by Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust acting on behalf of Health Education England (HEE). Its purpose is to invite proposals from suitably experienced, resourced and qualified provider(s) of learning development programmes; to strengthen Leadership, Coordination, Quality and Capacity within Learner Support Infrastructures. The supplier will design and deliver a Development Programme to enable effective collaborative working across education networks that provide support to Healthcare Learners in Practice within the North West of England.

Deadline for proposals: 1 March

For more information, please contact rketenders@mmu.ac.uk