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UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) Second Call for Proposals: Consortium and Network Awards

The UKPRP Partners have agreed to commit over £50 million to support research into the primary prevention of NCDs. NCD’s acount for 89% of all deaths in the UK and result in large economic costs to health and social care systems and to the wider society. Under the first UKPRP funding round four consortia and four networks were awarded over £25 million to tackle major upstream determinants of NCDs – further details of these awards can be found here.

Funders now seek to complement the initial portfolio and welcome consortia and networks in the areas outlines below:

  • Preventing Poor mental health and promoting mental wellbeing.
  • Reducing health inequalities (where this forms the primary focus of an application).
  • Using fiscal and economic interventions to prevent NCDs and reduce health inequalities.
  • Modifying other social and economic determinants of health and wellbeing,
  • Tackling food systems that perpetuate unhealthy diets and obesity.
  • Improving the urban environment, including transport systems and air quality.
  • Using green and blue spaces for improving population health and preventing NCDs.
  • Targeting specific life course stages or transitions.
  • Cross-cutting approaches.

If you are interested in this funding opportunity then please visit the MRC website for full details on eligibility, application requirements and further details on funding,


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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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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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Latest Funding Opportunities from NIHR

Health Technology Assessment Programme

19/07 Anti-TB drug hepatotoxicity and treatment reintroduction

Deadline: 29th May 2019, 1pm


19/10 Researcher-led (Evidence Synthesis)

19/11 Research-led Primary Research

Deadline: 15th May 2019, 1pm

Public Health Research Programme

19/01 Improving Health and Wellbeing for People Who Are at Rick of or Exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

19/02 Interventions That Reduce Harmful Substances Use With a Focus on Novel Psychoactive Substances

19/03 System Approaches to Local Influences on Food Choices and Diet

19/04 Community Focused Approaches That Mobilise People as Assests

Deadline: 30th July 2019, 1pm


For more information on these schemes please use the links above or visit the NIHR website.

If you would like to apply to any of these calls then please contact your Research Development Team.


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Event Updates from NIHR

Following on from yesterday’s blog post on the NIHR PPI event taking place in March, we now have even more events to offer you from the National Institute of Health Research and a new online course.

PGfAR Seminar

The East Midlands branch of the RDS will be hosting a seminar on the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research. The session will include an overview of the scheme and the programme managers visions, insights on what makes a good application, thoughts from a current award holder, available support and a QnA session.

  • Date: 5th Feb 10am – 4pm
  • Venue: Leicester, King Power Stadium, The Gallery, LE2 7FL
  • Registration: The event is free and can be booked here.

The PGfAR could be the ideal funding stream for anyone looking at promoting health, prevention of ill health or optimal disease management. For more information on the event please visit the RDS website and for scheme information please visit the NIHR website.

New online course – Public reviewing with the NIHR

An interactive course is now available for both new and experienced reviewers of health and social care research, produced by a team of public reviewers and PPI professionals along with the NIHR.

The course contains 3 different modules with the aim to increase researchers understanding of what makes good public and patient involvement and public perspective:

  • Module 1: Knowledge of the NIHR and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).
  • Module 2: Public reviewing roles and useful skills.
  • Module 3: Useful guidance and questions to consider when undertaking a public review, or review as a committee member, of research documents.

For more information and to complete the course please visit the website.

NIHR SSCR Annual Conference 2019

The 2019 NIHR School for Social Care Research’s annual conference will be taking place in April, coinciding with the school’s 10 year anniversary.

The conference will bring together researchers, policy-makers, managers, commissioners, providers, people who use services, carers and practitioners, providing an opportunity to hear about emerging evidence from the commissioned studies and implications for adult social care practice.

  • Date: Thursday 11th April, 9:30am – 5pm
  • Location: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG
  • Registration: The event is free and can be booked here.

A number of speakers for the event have already been confirmed. For more details on the conference please visit the website.


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NIHR Public Involvement in Research Event

On Thursday 14th March 2019 the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will be hosting a collaborative event at The Pyramid, Warrington.

The theme of the event is “Public Involvement in Research in the North West – Creating Inclusive Research“.

The event is aimed at anyone interested in developing their understanding of how considering health inequalities and diversity and inclusion in public involvement can help with their work.

The focus of the session will be on learning from case studies across the North West where diverse and inclusive approaches to patient and public involvement have been employed – also considering how to take health inequalities into account.

PPI is a hot topic at the moment with more and more funders expecting public involvement throughout your research projects. If you’d like to attend the event then please visit the Eventbrite page (here) to secure your place.

You can also visit the RDS NW website for more information.