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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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NIHR i4i Product Development Award (PDA) Call 19 – Live FAQ Sessions

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme are holding live FAQ sessions for applicants to its Product Development Awards 19 funding call (launched 30th October).

Date: 11th/15th November

Time: 2pm/11am respectively

Location: Webinar

The FAQ webinars will be interactive, and participants will have the opportunity to submit written questions that will be responded to during the session. The questions and responses will be made available to all participants during the session, and a summary will be made available on the NIHR website afterwards.

Two sessions will be held to give all applicants the opportunity to participate, Please use the links below to access the sessions on the day (please note that sessions will show as suspended until shortly before they start):

Live FAQ – 11th November

Live FAQ – 15th November


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NIHR Fellowships Now Open

NIHR have two Fellowships available which are now open for applicants.

Advanced Fellowship

This is a post-doctoral Fellowship and aimed at anyone with a PhD who hasn’t yet been awarded a chair. Whether you’re someone who has recently been or about to be awarded a PhD, or someone with several years of post-doc experience you will be eligible to apply for an Advanced Fellowship.

Deadline: Tuesday 3rd December

Doctoral Fellowship

This Fellowship supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research. These are 3 years in duration and may be taken up on a part time basis between 50 and 100% FTE.

Deadline: Tuesday 17th December

Partnership Fellowships

As part of the new structure of NIHR Fellowships, the NIHR has partnered with a number of charitable organisations to offer jointly funded NIHR Charity Partnership Fellowships including:

  • Castang Foundation
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust
  • Diabetes UK
  • Kidney Research UK
  • Moorfields Eye Charity
  • MS Society
  • Muscular Dystrophy UK

For further details of each of these calls, including eligibility, please visit the NIHR website.

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


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NIHR Research for Social Care – Competition 2

The current Research for Social Care (RfSC) call welcomes proposals for research which generates evidence to improve, expand and strengthen the way adult social care id delivered for users of care services, carers, and the public.

research proposals are expected to demonstrate strong links to people with social care needs, to social care service users and carers, and to organisations which provide adult social care services. Proposals are also expected to demonstrate strong and appropriate research expertise, with teams which can demonstrate a track record of relevant published research.

Deadline: 22nd January 2020 – 1pm.

For more information please visit the NIHR website. As always if you’d like to apply for this opportunity please get in tough with your Research Development Team.


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NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (Chronic Pain theme)

Understanding, treating and managing pain is among the greatest challenges facing healthcare today and is a high priority for people with arthritis. Versus Arthritis are partnering with NIHR PGfAR on their cross-programme themed-call in The Management of Chronic Pain.

This funding scheme will support programmes made up interrelated group of projects focused on a coherent theme which requires multidisciplinary approaches, including clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and behavioural sciences to ensure that the research objectives are met. Proposals are sough that seek to address research questions in the following roadmap priority areas:

  • Interventions
  • Workplace
  • Services
  • Under-represented groups
  • Prevention

The amount of funding awarded and length of the funding period will depend on the nature of the proposed work, in particular whether or not the proposal includes a substantial powered trial.

  • Deadline: 27th November

For further details on the programme and how to apply please visit the NIHR website and contact your Research Development Team.


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NIHR Policy Research Programme Working Age Consultation Event Launch

The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) wants to develop the evidence base for policy aimed at improving health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities, for people of working age. As employment is one of the key determinants of health, there is a particulate interest in evidence on the relationship between health and work.

The NIHR Central Commissioning Facility and the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) are running an event in London to inform a research specification for a future funding round and allow networking and potential collaborations for individuals from multidisciplinary backgrounds.

  • Date: Thursday 24th October
  • Location: London, tbc.
  • Registration: Free, via this form. Please complete this by 7th October.

The all-day event will include key speakers, a sandpit-style priority setting workshop, and networking. Attendance at this event is free and lunch will be provided. Spaces are limited so please use the expression of interest form to register your interest by 7th October. All spaces, and event information will be confirmed by the organisers after the deadline. This event is open to representatives from medical schools, business schools, charities, the NHS, local authorities, allied health professionals and the public.

If you have an interest in the field but are unable to attend you may wish to complete the Research Question Submission form that will contribute towards informing the debate and priority setting at the consultation event.

For further information on the event please visit the RDS website. You can also get in touch with the RDS via their email or telephone 020 8843 8027.


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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.