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RDS SE News May 2020

Welcome to RDS SE e-bulletin.
All the latest news, events and communications from RDS and NIHR

RDS and local news

RDS blog: Public involvement during a pandemic 

Public involvement is a vital ingredient in any research funding application. But in lockdown many of our go-to methods have become redundant. Our latest #RDSblog is a supportive guide on how to continue to do public involvement during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Read the latest blog >
Read all the RDS blogposts here >

New video resources from RDS SE 

We have new events resources available on our website to view. We will be adding to these over the coming months, so if you missed something, you can catch up online!
RDS SE NIHR funding programmes workshop, 22/4/20 
RDS SE Social Care Research Webinar: PPI and Ethics, 07/05/2020

View the videos >

'Interdisciplinary research and neglected areas' - blog from
RDS SE Research Adviser Rebecca Cassidy

As an early career researcher, Rebecca was inspired to write this blog following a lecture delivered by Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty. 
Read the blog on the NIHR website >

RDS and COVID-19

Despite COVID-19, RDS SE continues to support those developing health and social care research applications. Your RDS Adviser can advise if you are unsure about how changes to funding deadlines may affect you. Our website has a devoted page of additional information including Prioritising COVID-19 research and Public Involvement and COVID-19.
Find out more on our website >
For up to date information on COVID-19 funding calls, visit RDS London website.

RDS SE Newsletter 2020 

Don't miss our 2020 newsletter featuring news of research success around our region, how the RDS supports researchers and how we work with our stakeholders to develop health and social care research. 
Read our newsletter


RDS SE events


RDS SE's rolling programme of events supporting health and social care researchers across Kent, Surrey and Sussex continues ONLINE during COVID-19.
Our website has full details 


RDS SE Fellowships: University of Brighton ONLINE event 

3 June 2020

This NIHR Fellowships event is open to anyone 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 amongst clinicians, practitioners and researchers. There will be guest speakers including NIHR Fellows and panel members. 
Find out more and register >

** if you're 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 >

RDS SE Research Journey Lunchtime ONLINE Seminar, Brighton

12.30 - 2.30pm 17 June 2020

Professor Catherine Evans, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London, and Professor Kathy Greenwood, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and University of Sussex, will talk about their own journeys in balancing clinical work with successful research.
More details will follow shortly.                                                                         
More information on the RDS SE events page>

RDS SE Social Care Research Webinar series

NIHR Research Design Service South East is hosting a webinar series for researchers and research advisers to support high quality applications for social care research funding across the region. Each webinar focuses on a different topic. Webinar 1 held earlier in May, is available to view on our website. 

Webinar 2: 25 June 2020 13.00-14.00 Social care research involving older adults

– Ann-Marie Towers, Senior Research Fellow, CHSS and Stacey Rand, Research Fellow, PSSRU, University of Kent

Join via Eventbrite:

Coming Up in This Series: Registration details to follow

Webinar 3: 8 July 13.00-14.00
Social care research involving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Webinar 4: 9 September 13.00-14.00
Dissemination and wider impact strategies in social care research

Find out more >

Other events


Working together to beat COVID-19: engaging and involving patients and public,

Cochrane Training Webinar 5 June 2020, 1pm

A forum to discuss, debate and share information around to what extent and how patients and the public are involved in discussions and research related to COVID-19. Presenters include RDS SE Strategic PPI Lead Dr Gary Hickey.
Find out more >


Please give us your feedback on RDS SE events!

If you attended one of our recent events, we would love to hear what you thought. We always welcome comments which help to inform our planning. Access our online feedback and evaluation form here, enter the date and name of event where prompted. We particularly value this in these times of delivering sessions via the web.
Need help with your funding application?
Contact RDS SE!

Our expert advisers give FREE guidance and practical support with all aspects of health/social care research design and funding applications.
Find out all the ways that RDS SE can help, on our website >  

RDS SE presubmission panel - expert feedback on your research application 

The RDS SE pre-submission panel reviews proposals before they go to the funder, providing valuable advice and feedback on all aspects of your application, including PPI, health economics and research methodology.
Next panel meetings: 1 July and 4 November 2020
Contact the RDS SE for more information.
More details on our website >

Public involvement and engagement 

RDS SE guidance on PPI during COVID-19

We have added extra guidance for researchers on carrying out Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement during the current pandemic. This is available in full on our website.
Read the guidance >

NIHR information for the public on COVID-19 research 

NIHR has updated its resource for patients and the public, the Be Part of Research website, with new information and links about COVID-19 and research underway into the condition.  

A brief guide to public involvement in funding applications

A resource for researchers produced by the Research Design Service.
Read the guide on our website > 

RDS SE Public Involvement fund

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 

The NIHR provides a diverse range of award opportunities for research and career development, including funding for research studies, academic training, career development and research capability development. Find full details of training and career development awards at various levels on the NIHR website.  

NIHR and other news
CRN Business Intelligence: New COVID-19 Setup Times dashboard in Open Data Platform

The NIHR CRN BI have created a new dashboard in the open data platform to monitor and report on-site setup times for COVID-19 Urgent Public Health research. This will allow CRN to demonstrate how quickly they are responding to the need to set up these studies.
Find out more >

DHSC guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on NIHR-funded or supported research

Helpful information and frequently asked questions. This information is updated periodically in response to ongoing developments, on the NIHR website.
Read the guidance >

Q&A on the impact of COVID-19 on research funded or supported by NIHR

Read the Q&A here >

Funding news

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


NIHR Programmes: 

For more information and a list of all current funding opportunities, please visit the NIHR website.    

Information on COVID-19 funding calls

Our friends at RDS London have put together a really useful webpage, which is updated frequently with the latest funding calls and resources for researchers looking at COVID-19.

Visit the RDS London website >


NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme:  full list of current opportunities


NIHR Research for Social Care Programme: current opportunities 


NIHR Public Health Research:  full list of current opportunities


NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation: full list of current opportunities


NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research: full list of current opportunities


NIHR Health Technology Assessment: full list of current opportunities here


NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i): current opportunities


NIHR: Programme Grants for Applied Research: current opportunities

The RDS South East provides support to individuals and teams of researchers 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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