Research Design Service
East of England
RDS News - December 2015
Welcome to the eBulletin from the Research Design Service East of England (RDS EoE), keeping you updated with the latest news, events and communications from the RDS and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Local news/event

RDS Grant Writing Retreat - Application deadline 18 December 2015
Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath. 13 to 17 June 2016

Do you have a great idea for research in health or social care?
Would 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 and social care to develop their research proposals in a supportive environment.
Applications are invited from teams of two or three people, at least one of whom should be a health or social care professional working in England.
If you think your research team would benefit from protected time and expert support, contact us or visit
The cost of the Retreat is £3,300 for a team of three and £2,700 for a team of two.

Pre-submission Panels

The RDS East of England will be holding pre-submission panels for teams who have their proposals ready and wish to receive RDS comments prior to submission. These panels replicate the NIHR's funding committee and aims to provide feedback consisting of the panel's view of any fixable and no-fixable faults of the proposal and readiness for submission.

Forthcoming dates;

11 January 2016 all draft proposals must be sent by 4 January 2016  

8 February 2016 all draft proposals must be sent by 25 January 2016


Public Involvement news/event

Public involvement in research: values and principles framework
A revised version of Public involvement in research: values & principles framework is now available. The purpose of this work is to develop a framework of good practice for public involvement in research. It is intended that this framework is a living document that will continually evolve over time and be useful for reporting public involvement in research as well as for assessing the quality of involvement.
NIHR news

NIHR Fellowships Programme 2016
Round 9 of the NIHR Fellowships Programme is now open. 

Applications are invited from individuals working in any sector or scientific discipline who propose to undertake people or patient-based clinical and applied health research at an institution based in England or Wales.

The deadline for applications is - 1pm on Wednesday the 20th of January 2016. 

To access the online application form, please visit

NIHR Annual Report 2014/15
The NIHR's Annual Report details the NIHR’s activities and achievements during the from April 2014 to March 2015. The report sets out our partnerships and engagement with patients and the public, the life sciences industry and charities, contribution to economic growth, support for training and careers in research, research and knowledge transfer activities and the financial report.

Read the Annual Report

NIHR Clinical Research Network strengthens clinical leadership with the appointment of senior clinical academics 
The NIHR Clinical Research Network has appointed eight clinical leaders as Specialty Cluster Leads to help shape clinical research in the UK. The new Leads will also work to strengthen links between local and national clinical leaders to engage more NHS clinicians in developing and delivering research studies and to better harness existing clinical research expertise across all areas of healthcare.

Read more

New HTA Clinical Evaluation and Trials board Deputy Chair appointed

The NIHR HTA Programme is pleased to announce that Professor Julia Brown, Director of the Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Leeds has been appointed as Deputy Chair of the HTA Clinical Evaluation and Trials board.

Read more 

NIHR Themed Call for research on prevention and treatment of obesity
In December 2015 the NIHR will issue a call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services for the prevention and treatment of obesity in adults and children. Preventing obesity and type 2 diabetes is a priority for the UK Government.

On 19 January 2016 the NIHR will hold a workshop at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal FC, London, which will inform the research community about research funding opportunities presented by the themed call. Representatives from a range of participating NIHR programmes and supporting NIHR infrastructure will attend to advise on the various funding routes available and provide help and guidance on developing and submitting an application. Further details about the call and the event will be available at in due course.

Update to the NIHR medical education remit
Following consultation the NIHR have updated their medical education remit as follows:
‘The NIHR is also prepared to support high quality research into 'medical education' (defined broadly as education for healthcare providers).  Whilst this area of research need not fulfil the criterion of having 'potential for benefiting patients and the public within 5 years of its completion', it is expected that the research will have the potential to have practical application.’
The full statement can be found on the NIHR website

Latest funding calls and other opportunities
Funding deadline calendar

For an overview of NIHR calls and ongoing funding opportunities, please see our 
funding deadlines webpage.
NIHR Funding Opportunities.

EME and HTA joint commissioned call - 15/149 Bipolar disorder EME / 15/33 Promising pharmacological therapy for treatment resistant bipolar depression

EME and HTA programmes are now inviting applications to its joint commissioned call regarding Bipolar disorder.

The deadline is;
1pm 15 March 2016 - EME 
1pm 19 May 2016 - HTA

For more information visit the website - EME / HTA
EME new commissioned calls

The EME programme bridges the gap between pre-clinical studies and evidence of clinical efficacy. The aim is to secure the progress of new technologies and interventions through their early clinical trials and onto larger, later clinical trials.

The latest EME commissioned calls are;

15/176 - Delirium
15/177 - Graft vs host disease
15/178 - Use of cell therapies
15/179 - Mechanisms of action of health interventions

All calls have a deadline of - 1 pm 15 March 2016 

For more information visit the website - EME- commissioned calls
EME new researcher-led call

The EME programme is accepting applications to its researcher-led workstream.

15/180 - Researcher-led

The deadline is - 1pm on Tuesday 15 March 2016

For more information visit the website - EME - researcher-led

PHR researcher-led call

The PHR programme funds research that evaluates non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. The scope of the programme is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a range of health interventions.

The latest PHR calls are;

15/182 - evidence synthesis full proposal
15/183 - standard outline proposal

Both have a deadline of - 1pm on Monday 4 April 2016

For more information visit the website - PHR - researcher-led calls

Programme Grants

Programme Grants will now be launching three competitions per year. This reduces the time between calls for applicants, time taken for research to move along the research pathway and deliver meaningful results and addresses the NIHR-wide push to cut application and funding timelines, creating a more efficient system.

Stage 1 applications will open in February, June and October and will be effective as of Competition 20 which opens on 10 February 2016.

For more information visit the website - Programme Grants

Invention for Innovation (i4i)

The 11th call for i4i Product Development Awards and the 6th Call for i4i Challenge Awards is now open.

Closing date is - 1pm on 13 January 2016

For more information visit the website - i4i calls and competitions

School for Public Health Research 

A new, open competition to renew and refresh membership of the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) has now opened.

The School will bring together leading academic institutions in England demonstrating excellence in applied public health research, including evaluations, and place emphasis on what works practically and can be applied across the whole country.

The purpose of the new competition is to enable funding of a renewed and refreshed NIHR SPHR from 1 April 2017. It will enable the School to continue to fulfil its mission by helping to build on the progress made in the initial funding term.

For more information visit the website - School of Public Health Research
MS Society 2016 Grant Round now open

The MS Society 2016 Grant Round is now open. All applications will be organised into either Care and Services or Biomedical research funding streams and all applications will be judged on scientific merit, relevance to MS and the fit within the Research Strategy. 

Closing date is - 12pm on 8 February 2016

For more information visit the website - MS Society 
Arthritis Research UK - Health Services Research Call 

Arthritis Research UK have announced plans to release a Health Services Research call. They are developing a joint initiative with other partner funders which aims to produce evidence on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and care services relevant to people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.

A cross-disciplinary workshop will be held in Chesterfield or London on 14 January 2016.

The call will open on 7 December 2015 and the closing date will be early March 2016.

For more information visit the web site - Arthritis Research UK 
Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowships

This is a prestigious personal award and provides long-term support for researchers of international standing. Successful candidates will have an established track record in research at the highest level.

Applicants can express an interest in this award at any time.

For more information visit the website - 
Wellcome Trust


Medical Research Council Clinical Scientist Fellowships 

The Clinical Scientist Fellowship develops talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals who have gained a higher research degree to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition to independent investigator.

Fellowships are tenable for four years and cover salary costs, support for research staff, consumable expenses, travel costs and capital equipment appropriate for the research project. There is no limit for funding.

Closing date - 13 January 2016

For further information visit the website - Medical Research Council
Wellcome Trust Health Innovation Challenge Fund
R&D Gap-Funding for Healthcare Innovators

The Health Innovation Challenge Fund is positioned as a translational funding scheme to accelerate the clinical application of projects that are well advanced along the development pathway.  

For further information visit the website - 
Health Innovation Challenge Fund

ME Research UK

ME Research UK priority is novel clinical and biomedical studies that help to unravel the biology of ME/CFS, and studies that may point towards therapeutic strategies.

For further information visit the website - ME Research UK 
Christmas Closure

The RDS central office will be closed from 12:30pm on Wednesday 23 December 2015 and will reopen on Monday 4 January 2016 at 8:30am.

Seasons Greetings to you all and we look forward to hearing from you in the new year.

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