Regional NIHR Research Design Service extends support to researchers as the NIHR RDS North East and North Cumbria.

From 1 October 2018, we are delighted to be extending our support to health and social care researchers across our region as the NIHR RDS North East and North Cumbria.

Led by Professor Helen Hancock, the RDS NENC is one of 10 regional RDSs across England, who support researchers to develop and design high quality research proposals for submission to NIHR funding programmes and other national open peer reviewed funding competitions for health and social care research.

The RDS NENC brings partnerships between Newcastle, Northumbria, Teesside, Durham and Cumbria Universities, South Tees Hospitals and Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS

Foundation Trusts, Newcastle City Council, the NIHR Clinical Research Network NENC and other key NIHR Infrastructure across the region and nationally.

Renewed funding, for five years from 1 October 2018, will allow enhancement of RDS provision; advice is free and draws upon a unique breadth of experience and a proven track record in improving funding applications.

Prof Hancock said: I am delighted; our working together will bring new opportunities for researchers across the region as we capitalise on strengths within each of the partner organisations. Together we bring extensive expertise including acute care, mental health, public health and social care research.

To contact us please email, or phone (0191) 208 7000

For further information please click here

Find out more about the NIHR RDS and national RDS network.

NIHR awards £5 million for research into vaccines for disease epidemics

The NIHR has awarded £5 million of global health funding for research into how infectious diseases spread and develop into epidemics in low-and middle-income countries, so that new vaccines can be tested in clinical trials or used more effectively in future outbreaks.  Read more here.

Reaching Out : Diversity in involvement in research event

The North East Creating Connection Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) network hosted Reaching Out: Diversity in involvement in research. The event brought together patients, members of the public, researchers and organisations from across the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) and was also the launch event for the start of Creating Connections work on Reaching Out. Read more here.

Social care research gets up to £20 million boost from NIHR

Social care research in England will get up to £20 million in new funding through the National Institute for Health Research, boosting research to improve adult social care across the country. Read more here.

NIHR – making a difference

The NIHR invests over £1 billion a year in research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care, prioritising the questions that are most important to doctors, patients and evidence-users. Find out how they’re making a difference to people’s lives by clicking here. Keep an eye out for new stories and follow #NIHRmakingadifference on Twitter.

NIHR announces £30 million of new funding to support mental health research worldwide

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has announced up to £30 million of new funding to support research into mental health in low- and middle-income countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one in four people worldwide experience a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime, with around 450 million people currently experiencing such conditions. By 2020, mental health conditions will account for 15% of cases of disease in the world.  The new funding call, by NIHR’s Global Health Research Programme, will award Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding for mental health research to researchers in the UK and low- and middle-income countries working in partnership.

For further information please click here.

2018 RDS Blogs: From the RDS desk


Each month, the Research Design Service, brings you handy tips, insights and experiences of the funding application process. The blogs will touch on various themes in the design process and highlight what you need to know before you make a research application.  This month’s blog: Demystifying Public Involvement with Young People‘Never work with children (young people) or animals’ or so the quote goes, well we’re just going to change your mind with this month’s blog on the inspiring young adult patient and public involvement group YAPPI!. Read the full blog here

Check out the previous blogs below:

December: Keep Calm and Call the RDS

November: Tips for Climbing the Intellectual Property Ladder

October: Another day, another tip for a social care (and beyond) research proposal

September: Applying for NIHR Fellowships: An Insides View

August: Sometimes you just have to jump in and make a splash! Co-producing research with patients, carers and public partners

RDS NENC Monthly Newsletter

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CRN NENC Newsroom

The NIHR Newsroom NENC is the Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria’s research news platform. CRN NENC stories include what’s happening around our region, opportunities, funding, awards, events and much more. The Newsroom also features news and information from our partner organisations across the region.

They have recently launched a Newsroom redesign with an improved look, making the design more modern, clear and fresh. Navigation has been improved to allow an easier user experience and an ‘Events’ page has been added to detail the events happening around the region.

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.