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RDS SE News February 2021

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News, events and communications from RDS SE and NIHR

RDS SE events

During COVID-19, the RDS SE online events programme continues.

RDS SE Weekly Project Development Sessions

Online weekly sessions for health and social care researchers in Kent, Surrey & Sussex. To discuss a research idea, book a slot with RDS SE advisers.
Booking details and dates on our website 

RDS SE NIHR Research programmes workshop

10am -1pm, Wednesday 21 April  ONLINE

Interested in NIHR Funding for a health or social care research idea? Our popular introductory workshops give helpful information on:
• Available NIHR funding programmes
• Top tips and hints for applying to NIHR
• How RDS SE can support your application journey
• Plus:  One to One (bookable in advance) slots with RDS SE Research Advisers.
Eventbrite booking and details >


BOOK NOW! RDS SE Annual Stakeholder event
 – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

1 - 4pm, Wed 28 April, 2021 ONLINE 

We invite all those interested in applied health and social care research to join us to discuss and explore what is meant by Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in research. Professor Kamlesh Khunti will talk about his recent research on Covid 19 in ethnic minority populations, whilst Dr Esther Mukuka will talk about her new role as the NIHR Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). 
Full details and booking >


RDS SE Research Journey Lunchtime Seminar - ONLINE
12.30 – 1.30pm 19 May 2021

Are you interested in a Clinical-Academic research career? Dr Catherine Evans, King’s College London, and Professor Kathy Greenwood, University of Sussex, discuss their own journeys in balancing clinical work with successful research. After the seminar you can book a 1:1 slot with an RDS SE Research Adviser for advice on specific research plans. Contact for any more information.

Register here >

RDS SE  NIHR Fellowship Event - ONLINE

10am - 1pm, Wednesday 30th June 2021

Open to anyone across Kent, Surrey and Sussex who is considering applying for one of the NIHR fellowships. The aim of the day is to raise awareness and understanding of the various NIHR Fellowship opportunities for clinicians, practitioners and researchers and will be held online. Contact for further information
Full details and bookings >


SE News and Opportunities for Researchers

Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HE KSS): 5 places at University of Brighton, MRes Health Research fees only funded course

The University of Brighton is once again the recipient of 5 fees only MRes Health Research funded places. This course is structured to include a significant research component and supporting taught modules. Students are often aiming to progress to a PhD application or employment with a research element. The MRes course is available to a range of health practitioners and can be completed full-time in one year, but is usually taken part-time over two years. Successful applicants receive HE KSS funding to support tuition fees only. To discuss, contact Course Leader Dr Nina Dunne
More details > 

CRN KSS event: Our journey so far supporting our BAME research workforce 
Wednesday 17 March 2021, 10.30am to 12.30 - ONLINE via MS Teams

In 2020 CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex (CRN KSS) wanted to understand the impact of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter on our BAME research workforce. This online event is an opportunity to find out how recommendations from the CRN KSS BAME report have been implemented and what the next steps are. 
MS Teams link will be sent out  in advance of the event. Full details and registration below.
Register for this event >

 NIHR ARC KSS #Growresearch tweetchat 

Missed an RDS SE event? Catch up online!
We record our online events so you can watch the videos online at a time to suit you!
Watch on our website >

RDS national news and events


NIHR Research Design Service 'Researcher Road Shows'
Using health and social care datasets in research: practical advice to support your research journey

A free event for those seeking practical guidance on how to find, access and gain approvals to use health datasets, including early career researchers.
To make the schedule accessible, sessions are split over two days: (10.00am to 2.30pm both days)
Monday 15 March: Lifting the Lid on Data - Meet the Data Custodians
Wednesday 17 March: Navigating the system
Register here >

RDS National Community Online Event
Public Health Research programme (PHR) Workshop

9:30am –1:30pm, 28 April 2021

A free half-day session, hosted by RDS South Central on behalf of the RDS National Public Health Community, to inform researchers and public health practitioners about the NIHR Public Health Research Programme. Optional one-to-one sessions available with RDS advisers from 2pm.
Find out more and register >


RDS blog: From the RDS desk

The role of qualitative research in informing health economic evaluations   
Read the latest blog >
Read all the RDS blogposts here >



Patient and Public Involvement

That Co-Production Podcast series

RDS SE, with the NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination, launched: ‘That Co-production Podcast!’, an enjoyable series to increase accessibility of discussion and debate around co-production.  Each episode is hosted by RDS SE staff and lay PPIE team members Gary Hickey, Kati Turner and Julie Wright.
Look out for new episodes from this series on our RDS SE Twitter account and website over coming weeks. If you missed episodes 1 and 2, you can catch them here

NIHR blog: UK Standards for Public Involvement – One 'very different' year on

Public contributors Bob McAlister and Una Rennard look back at how far the UK Standards for Public Involvement have come in their first year, and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the research landscape.
Find out more >

RDS SE Public Involvement fund - help with PPI costs

RDS SE PI fund supports researchers with meaningful public involvement and its associated costs. Apply for one of our small grants (up to £300). Speak to your RDS SE Research Adviser for more information.
Find out more >

Career and Development Opportunities:

NIHR Training Programmes 

Full details of training and career development awards at all levels on the NIHR website.  

NIHR In-Practice Fellowship (IPF) Round 15

The NIHR In-Practice Fellowship (IPF) provides pre-doctoral academic training to fully-qualified general practitioners, general dental practitioners, and community dentists. The fellowship funds:
  • up to £4,500 for a personalised programme of academic training
  • salary costs for 50% of awardees’ time (based on clinical experience) over 24 months (or longer if part-time)
  • up to £1,000 for conference attendance (fees and travel and subsistence)

Find out more >

NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowships for Local Authority and LA Commissioned service-based Individuals

A new opportunity for individuals within local authorities or local authority commissioned services, especially those without social worker or clinician status.
Closing date: 18 March 2021
Find out more >

Considering a Fellowship application?

Our handy RDS SE guide: So you want to apply for an NIHR Fellowship  has plenty of advice on developing your research career.
Find out more >


Other development opportunities


UCL Centre for Applied Statistics Courses

Short courses in research methods and statistical analyses for anyone wanting to interpret or undertake their own research. Everyone is welcome to attend, including those based outside UCL.
Find out more >

Health Economics Research Centre: Introduction to Health Economic Evaluation

When: 22-23 March 2021
Where: Online
Cost: Please see the website for registration fees
Find out more here.


Current funding programme opportunities

RDS SW Funding Calendar  - see which NIHR deadlines are coming up!

Don't forget to contact RDS SE as soon as possible for help with your application!

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme

  - competition 44. Closing date: 10 March 2021

NIHR Public Health Research
NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation
NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research
NIHR Health Technology Assessment
NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i)
NIHR: Programme Grants for Applied Research

More information and a full list of current funding opportunities available on the NIHR website.   
Contact RDS SE for help with all aspects of health or social care research design and funding applications!

Access free advice and support from the NIHR Research Design Service South East. Our multi-disciplinary team offer advice on the key ingredients in a successful health or social care research proposal. 
Find out all the ways that RDS SE can help, on our website > 

RDS South East provides support to those undertaking health and social care-related research. Our Research Adviser team can help with developing and submitting research protocols to national peer reviewed funding programmes.

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