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Save the Date – RDS NW Developing Funding Proposals in Health and Social Care: First Grants

Date: 11th March 2020, All day

Location: Liverpool, venue tbc

The RDS NW Service will be hosting an all day event aimed at people who are less experiences at applying for research funding and are considering their first submission and a chance to meet the RDS NW advisers.

More details are coming soon including registration details, please visit the RDS NW website for further updates.

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RDS NW Event – Developing Funding Proposals in Applied Health and Social Care: First Grants.

The Research Design Service North West will be holding an event on “Developing Funding Proposal in Applied Health and Social Care: First Grants”.

Date: Monday 3rd June, 9:30 – 15:00

Venue: Mayo Building, Salford Royal Hospital

Registration: Free via the Eventbrite page.

The event is for health and social care researchers in the North West who are looking to develop and submit a funding application. This is aimed at less early career researchers, particularly those with little experience in applying for external funding.

The event will help to develop your proposal skills and increase your chances of your research getting funded. This event will highlight:

  • The funding opportunities available
  • The application process
  • What funders are looking for in a submission
  • How to design a study to answer your research question effectively
  • Building a team of collaborators
  • What to consider when costing a strudy
  • The support the RDS NW can provide in preparation of your application

For more information and to book your place at the event please visit the RDS NW website. Remember the RDS Service are available to help with all medical related bids, not just those going to NIHR!

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Health Science Funding Event at MMU – 26 September

GM AHSNColleagues are invited to a GM AHSN (Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Centre Network) Launch Event on 10.00-12 noon, Friday 26th September to discuss the funding available through the GM AHSN for the Technology Innovation Challenge.

The event will take place in Room 3.15 New Business School, MMU All Saints Campus. Building 6 on this map

Aims and background

The aims of the clinical challenge are to reduce harm and enhancing safety across Greater Manchester. The Greater Manchester Academic Science Centre Network (GMAHSN), Manchester: Integrating Medicine and Innovative Technology (MIMIT) and TRUSTTECH, are working together to address unmet healthcare needs in the area and they are seeking any potential device that will address these broad challenges. They have successfully worked together to award £240k across 7 projects for completion within the GM AHSN 2014/15

The focus of this competition will be “Nutrition and Hydration” with emphasis on those projects which may be able to demonstrate impact in additional safety topics e.g. AKI / Sepsis / Pressure Ulcers.

This will be timed so that awards can be made by the end of January 2015.  This competition will be aimed at identify early stage technology innovation that will:

  • accelerate the development of new healthcare technologies to the point where they can lever further investment,
  • facilitate early collaboration with industry and
  • ultimately enable them to benefit patient care faster and more effectively.

This competition will be run across the GM AHSN, specifically targeting the Universities (Bolton, Manchester, Salford and MMU) and open to SME’s (via Bionow) and other GM AHSN members (via the GM AHSN CoLab portal). Colleagues from Manchester and Salford University and a number of SME’s have been invited to attend this event and there will be a chance to network after the presentations.

Funding available

There is up to £40K available per project for a period of up to 8 months.


The agenda is as follows:

1) Introduction by Prof Bill Gilmore

2) Report from a previously funded project by Prof Yvonne Alexander

3) 10 minute presentation by Jane MacDonald covering the background to the subject matter of the challenge – why and what they need

4) 15 minute explanation by Pip Peakman of the call and the submission process for proposals

5) Close by Prof Bill Gilmore


For catering purposes, please notify us if you can attend by emailing

More information will sent out via RKE once we have the full details of the call.