Research Design Service: Grant Development & Writing Retreat

10 to 12 September 2018

School of Psychology, University of Kent, Canterbury

Do you have a great idea for research in health, social care or public health?

 Would you or your team benefit from protected time and expert support to develop your idea into a competitive funding application?

The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) is providing an exceptional opportunity for researchers in health, social care and public health to develop their research proposals in a supportive environment.

Applications are invited from individuals or teams of two or three people, at least one of whom should be a health, social care or public health professional working in England.

If you think your research team would benefit from protected time and expert support, contact your local RDS for details on how to apply.

The Retreat is free to successful applicants and will include food and accommodation.

The application form can be downloaded here 

For further information, please see here

Launch of new NIHR Fellowships programme

The NIHR has announced today some exciting new changes to its Fellowships Programme, which will take effect when it launches in October. The new programme will provide greater flexibility and expanded eligibility whilst retaining and maintaining its integrity as one of NIHR’s flagship programmes.  Details of the new programme can be found on the NIHR website, alongside accompanying Frequently Asked Questions.  We will also be hosting a webinar on 19 April at 11am which will provide information about the changes.

NIHR Advisory group opportunities

Opportunities are available for experienced professionals to join a number of our panels and boards.

Membership of a board or panel involves detailed review of research briefs and other papers, as well as
online preparation in advance of attendance at meetings, which are usually held in London. For more
information about the roles available, please click here.

Applications close at 1pm on 19 April 2018.

INVOLVE Advisory Group vacancies

Do you have an interest in improving health and care? INVOLVE has vacancies for 7 new public and non-public members to join their Advisory Group.

Please note that for non-public members no experience in public involvement or research is necessary.

All applications must arrive at INVOLVE by 12 noon on Monday 2nd April 2018.

You will need to be able to attend the induction and Advisory Group meeting on 9th and 10th May in London.

For further information and details on how to apply, please visit the INVOLVE website.

Guidance on co-producing a research project

INVOLVE have published a guidance document with an aim to moving toward clarity about what is meant by co-producing  a research project. It explains the key principles and features of co-producing a research project and suggests ways to realise the principles and key features. Finally, the guidance outlines some of the key challenges that will need addressing, in further work, to aid those intending to take the co-producing research route.

Please visit the INVOLVE website to access the guidance document.

The story of RfPB

The Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme launched its first call in July 2006 with the aim of funding research projects in health and social care to improve, expand and strengthen the way that healthcare is delivered for patients, the public and the NHS. To date the RfPB Programme has provided a platform for research success nationwide, enabling teams to answer the questions that matter at the frontline of health and social care. Indeed, RfPB is the programme that will fund the inquisitive clinician, with or without extensive research experience, and at whatever career stage.

To learn more about the story of RfPB funding, please visit the NIHR website.

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR): Impact on research

The rules for handling information relating to research participants will change on 25 May 2018, when the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. The Heath Research Authority has published detailed guidance about operational arrangements that researchers and organisations may need to put in place. The guidance is published as a living document that will be updated over the coming weeks. The HRA will update their website as updated versions are published.

For more information, please click here

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) – Health Research Authority: Researchers are ‘missing a trick’ with public involvement

Health researchers are ‘missing a trick’ by not demonstrating how patients and the public have contributed to the design and conduct of research, the HRA has said. Good public involvement can help smooth the process through ethical review, lead to better designed research and improve participant recruitment. But a new study has shown that researchers applying for approvals to start their projects rarely describe their public involvement in enough detail for those reviewing their application to know what involvement has happened and what difference this has made.

For more information, please click here

Would you be interested in testing out the new public involvement standards?

The Public Involvement Standards Development Partnership are seeking people, groups, teams, and organisations to be pilot sites  – please see the see the website for further information:

If you are based in the North East and are interested in being a pilot site, we would ask that you also contact Jo Lally ( to let her know so that RDS NE can work with you to evaluate the implementation of the standards.

December 12th:  NIHR aims to get research started quicker through new Intent to Fund letter

The NIHR is pleased to announce that a new Intent to Fund letter will replace the existing versions of award letters currently used to inform applicants to NIHR funding streams of a successful funding decision.

This new letter  helps to support organisations and successful applicants reduce the delays and will be introduced with immediate effect.

For more information on this article and current funding opportunities please visit the NIHR website

September 12th: New RDS NE Telephone number

Please note that our telephone number has now changed to 0191 208 7000.

September 6th: Appointment of Anosua Mitra, Administrator

We are pleased to welcome Anosua Mitra to the team. Anosua joins us a full time administrator from September.

August 14th: NIHR i4i new funding stream

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme is launching a new funding stream – i4i Connect – aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in need of a funding boost to reach their next stage in the development pathway.

Offering up to £150,000 over a 6-12 month period, i4i Connect will help SMEs get to the point of eligibility for a full i4i award or, down the line, follow-on funding. This will enable accelerated development of promising medical technologies, in line with recommendations from the Government’s Accelerated Access Review.

NIHR’s i4i Programme is a translational funding scheme that supports healthcare technologies, devices and interventions for patient benefit in areas of existing or emerging clinical need.

Read the full press release here.

August 1st: Transfer of RDS NE hub from Durham University to the James Cook University Hospital

As of 1st August 2017 our hub at Durham University has transferred to the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. Our hub at Newcastle University remains the same.

This will allow us to continue to support researchers from across the North East region. This does not affect the way that you contact us

July 13th: The NIHR 2017 Theme is complex health and care needs in older people. 

Proposals are welcomed for clinical and applied health research into the evaluation of healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures for older people with complex health and care needs.

For more information on Themed Calls and current funding opportunities please visit the NIHR website.

If you are thinking about applying to this themed call and would like support with your application please contact us

July 13th: The NIHR application form is changing!

The NIHR is launching a streamlined application process for researchers applying for funding. This is in response to wide user feedback and as part of the continuous improvement culture. NIHR are making applying for funding as simple as possible whilst retaining commitment to research excellence. The streamlined, two-stage form is being rolled out across NIHR research and training programmes from Summer 2017.

NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre has announced they will use an adapted version of the new streamlined NIHR Standard Application Form (SAF) for training awards. The main differences are the inclusion of an extended CV and an updated training and development section. For more information please visit the NIHR website

If you would like support with an NIHR application please contact us.

July 13th:  Appointment of Jo Lally, Research Methodologist

We are delighted to welcome to the team Jo Lally who is joining us as a Health Research Methodologist with particular focus on Public Involvement.  Jo has over 20 years experience as a qualitative researcher, mainly focusing on patient experience of healthcare as well as patient involvement in research. Jo will be providing Public Involvement advice to RDS clients and helping to deliver the RDS/INVOLVE partnership in the NE Region

July 11th: Appointment of New members to the team

The team are delighted to welcome Niesha Doyle who will be joining us as RDS NE Business Manager from August 2017. We are also very pleased to announce that Allison Malham has accepted the role of RDS Administrator, helping us to support clients from across the region