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RDS SE News October 2019


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All the latest news, events and communications from RDS and NIHR.

News from RDS


From the RDS desk: New RDS blog

Improving the efficiency of clinical trials with adaptive designs

Clinical trials have been very successful in evaluating the effectiveness of new treatments. However, over recent years the cost of trials has been steadily increasing, putting pressure on limited healthcare and research resources. Our blog this month talks about the adaptive design approach to improve efficiency.
Read the blog >

Read all the RDS blogposts here >

Your Path in Research - new NIHR campaign to support your research journey

Your Path in Research aims to give health and care professionals an opportunity to learn more about the research that can directly impact their everyday work, by highlighting a variety of ways they can take their first or next step in their research career.
Find out more about the campaign >
Follow on Twitter #yourpathinresearch

RDS SE events

RDS SE's rolling programme of events support health and social care researchers across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. See what's coming up near you!


RDS SE Research Café for Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust researchers 

12-2pm, 24 October 2019, Postgraduate Education Centre, Frimley Park Hospital

If you work at Frimley Health Trust and are thinking about research, have an idea to develop or are considering a funding application, come to our RDS SE drop-in session and meet the Research Design Service South East Advisers. We can help with all aspects of research development and designing a research proposal. For more information email Kay Stephenson,

Registration open!
Annual NIHR RDS SE stakeholder event - Challenges and Opportunities for Health Research in the South East

12.30 - 4:30pm, 13 November 2019, Friends House, Euston Road, London

We invite all those interested in applied health and social care research to join us to discuss and explore challenges and opportunities faced by the public, practitioners and researchers across our region. Sir Nick Black will talk about the challenges highlighted by the Five Year Forward View and the integration of health and social care, whilst Professor Stephen Peckham, will discuss  new opportunities in the region, including the new ARC KSS (Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex).
Register here >


RDS SE workshop: Research Application Writing 

10am-4pm, Wed 15 January 2020, Falmer Campus, University of Brighton 

A writing-focused workshop for research teams of 2-3 people at the latter stages of developing their research applications. The workshop gives teams time and space to write applications with on-hand support from RDS SE Research Advisers. Ideal for any research team who will be in the process of actually writing a funding application to any health or social care funder. 
Speak to your RDS SE Research Adviser for an expression of interest form
or email for more details.

If you would like us to run one of these events, or something similar, for health and social care researchers in your organisation, please contact us at

Other local events


Tonight! CHSS Annual Open Lecture: 

Interdisciplinary research and neglected areas - Prof Chris Whitty
11 October 2019, Colyer Fergusson Building, University of Kent, Canterbury 
More information on the CHSS website >

Young People's Advisory Group (YPAG) KSS: YPAG Meeting for Children and Young People and Parents and Carers

10-12,Saturday 12 October, Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, Seminar Room, Level 4
 Please confirm attendance to Louise Hinman:
Researchers wishing to present your new research ideas to the YPAG, please contact Professor Paul Seddon: 
More information about YPAG KSS >

Making Dreams a Reality - Eliminating Hepatitis C Virus and Improving Symptom Burden in Cirrhosis

6:30pm, Wed 23 October 2019, BSMS, Chowen Lecture Theatre, East Sussex

Inaugural lecture by Professor Sumita Verma. This lecture will last an hour and be followed by a networking session.
More details >


12th Annual Paediatric and Neonatal Research Symposium

9:30- 4 Monday 16 December 2019, Brighton

Registration is free but places are limited. Final date to complete registration form is Friday 6 December 2019.
Find out more >   
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 >  

Expert feedback on your research application - RDS SE pre-submission panel 

The RDS SE pre-submission panel reviews proposals before they are sent to the funder, providing valuable advice and feedback.
Next panel meeting: 6 November 2019
Contact the RDS SE for more information.
More details on our website >

Public involvement and engagement 


Need help with the costs of involving patients and the public in your research? 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.
More information on how to apply on the RDS SE website >

Development Opportunities: Awards

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.  

Current and future personal award opportunities at the NIHR Academy:

Now open
Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF)
Global Health Research Professorships Award 
Development and Skills Enhancement Award 
Research Professorships Award 
Advanced Fellowship 
Doctoral Fellowship

Opening Soon
Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC)
Visiting Speaker Award (VSA)
Find out more >

RDS SE guide to NIHR Fellowships - considering a Fellowship application?

There's plenty of advice on developing your research career in our handy RDS SE guide:
So you want to apply for an NIHR Fellowship  
Find out more >

Development Opportunities: Training 

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUHT) Research Training: 

Free to BSUH staff, £75 otherwise


Clinical trials: why we do them, how we do them 

9.30am-4.30pm, Thursday 17 October 2019 and Thursday 6 February 2020 
Audrey Emerton Building, Eastern Rd, Brighton

A course for anyone working in clinical trials. Covers all stages of an RCT, from recruitment to disseminating results. 
To book a place: email Carla Chambers -
For further information: email David Crook PhD -

Medical Statistics for People Who Hate Statistics 

9.30am-4.30pm, Tues 19 November 2019 and Tues 4 February 2020 Audrey Emerton Building, Eastern Rd, Brighton

To book a place: email Carla Chambers -
For further information: email David Crook PhD -

National Centre for Research Methods 
courses, events and online resources

NatCen offer a comprehensive schedule of training for researchers as well as valuable online resources.
Find out more >

NIHR CRN Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

CRN KSS' programme of face to face Introduction to GCP and refresher courses is available to researchers involved in NIHR Portfolio Studies. 
Find out more >


National events


NIHR Public Health Research webinar

3-4pm, 25 October 2019

 Webinar will support two recently opened calls (closing 17 March 2020)
Find out more and register:
19/106 Changes to welfare reform
Health effects of onshore oil and gas exploitation

NIHR opportunities in speech & language therapy event 

10am-5pm, Monday 18 November 2019, City, University of London.

The NIHR Research Design Services will be hosting this event and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists will be providing support for anyone interested in conducting research in the field of speech and language therapy at any stage of their career. Registration is required and places are limited.
Find out more >

Funding news

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

Calendar view of upcoming NIHR funding opportunities

NIHR Programmes:


Research for Patient Benefit Programme: Research for Social Care

Research for Social Care - Competition 2

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme competition 40

Applications are invited for research proposals related to the day-to-day practice of health service staff, which have an impact on the health or well-being of NHS patients and users. 
Closing date: 20 November 2019
Find out more > 

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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