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NIHR RfPB Social Care Information Event

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit have launched a Research for Social Care (RfSC) funding call. For more details of the announcement please visit the call page here.

Research Design Services across England are hosting roadshows to provide information and guidance to potential applicants to RfSC. The RDS NW will be hosting one of the events on 8th October 2019 in Manchester (exact details tbc).

If you are interested in registering please visit the RDS NW registration page (here) to sign up. The event is free and refreshments will be provided. More details of the events can be found here.


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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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Standing up for Science Workshops

Sense about Science will be running a free workshop ‘Standing up for Science‘ which allows you to find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science and evidence.

Location: University of Manchester

Date: Friday 29th March 10am – 5pm

Register: Free via the website (here) deadline for registration is Thursday 28th Feb

This is a full-day event where you can meet other researchers who have experience with public engagement, learn from policymakers about how evidence can inform policy and speak with respected science journalists to find out what journalists expect from scientists and researchers. You can also find out how to involve the public in communicating your research – great for Impact and Public Involvement!

The event is free (although registration is required) and is aimed at STEM and social science early-career researchers (PhD students, post-docs welcome) and medical professionals.

For more details please visit the website.


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Developing Proposals in Applied Health and Social Care Event

The NIHR RDS Service will be running a free one day event on developing funding proposals for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme.


Date: 20th March 2019

Location: Liverpool Foresight Centre

Registration: via Eventbrite Page.


If you’re interested in applying for an RfPB Grant then this event will give you an insight into what the funder is looking for. The event will be split into two parts:

Morning Session:

  • Remit of the RfPB Programme and funding available.
  • What funders are looking for in a submission.
  • How to design a study to answer research questions effectively.
  • How to build a team of collaborators.
  • The support the RDS can provide.
  • Wider network support communities.

Afternoon Session:

  • Opportunity to chat with RDS NW advisors.
  • One to one advise on subjects including trial design, health economics, statistics, qualitative research methods and public involvement.

For more information please visit the eventbrite page where you will also be able to register for the event.


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PhD Studentship Launch Event from NC3Rs/Unilever

This spring NC3Rs will be launching a new collaboration with Unilever in the field of non-animal safety assessment. As part of the collaboration Unilever will be co-funding a number of PhD Studentships.

NC3Rs will be holding a launch event to allow potential applicants to find out more about the scheme, network with other researchers and discuss ideas with Unilever and NC3Rs staff.

Registration: Online (the event is free but on a first come first serve basis)

Deadline: 27th Match 2019

Location: Central London

The Studentships will focus on the following areas:

  • Local exposure – microbiome, skin, lung
  • Clearance mechanisms – renal, liver, metabolism
  • Repeat dosing
  • Non-animal models with human focus

For more information about this event please visit the NC3Rs website.


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Evidence Based Policy Training by Chris Fox

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Chris is a Professor of Evaluation, Director of the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (www.mmuperu.co.uk) and a member of MMU’s MetroPolis (www.metropolis.mmu.ac.uk).

He has advised government departments on the use of evidence in policy-making and regularly trains civil servants and public sector managers on evaluation and evidence-based policy and practice. In this session Professor Chris Fox provides an introduction to Evidence-Based Policy. He will provide a brief introduction to policy-making in England and Wales, look at ideas behind Evidence-Based Policy, the use of Systematic Reviews and finish with some practical steps MMU academics can take to get involved with policy-making.

This event is being delivered as part of the MetroPolis initiative which aims to better connect Manchester Metropolitan University researchers with policymakers.
MetroPolis is a research-led think tank, aiming to support the community.
For more information on, and to see some of our research please follow the link here.

If you are interested in this sort of training go onto our Eventbrite Event page page and register for a ticket