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