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Research Design Service South East

News October 2018


Welcome to NIHR Research Design Service South East e-bulletin.
All the latest news, events and communications from the RDS and the NIHR.

News around the region


New RDS SE five-year contract launches -

NIHR Research Design Service South East Launch Event

1.15 - 4.30pm, 31 October 2018, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, London 

RDS SE is hosting this half-day event to launch our new contract, which began on 1st of this month. It combines strategic discussion with talks from eminent speakers in health and social care research, and interactive workshops. Look out for more news on our website.
This is now fully booked! If you have already booked your place at the event, but can no longer attend, do let us know!

Vacancy - Research for Patient Benefit Programme: Regional Advisory Panel Chair, South East and Central

The appointment offers clinicians and senior applied health researchers the chance to take part in and gain experience of chairing a panel and making recommendations to NIHR to fund high quality researcher-led projects for the benefit of patients and the NHS. 
Closing date: 26 October 2018

Find out more and apply >

Vacancy for RDS SE Research Adviser

We are seeking to appoint a Research Adviser (0.4 FTE) based at the University of Surrey. Applicants should have previous experience in research design, good knowledge of research methods, excellent communication skills, and experience in contributing to research grant applications. 
Closing date: 31 October 2018
Full details on the University of Surrey website > 

Local events


RDS SE One day Research Writing Workshop - two dates:

  • 30 January 2019 and 10 July 2019

Talk to your RDS adviser for more information and an Expression of Interest form and/or email:

RDS SE One day NIHR Research Programmes workshops

  • 3 April 2019 and 2 October 2019  

Look out for more details on our website and next month's e-bulletin!

People are Messy - Brighton Science Festival
20 October 2018,The Auditorium, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton

This powerful film from Theatre of Debate engages audiences in an informed debate around patient and public involvement in health research. 
Tickets are limited.
Register here >

Young People's Advisory Group (YPAG) KSS 

Next YPAG KSS meeting: 10-12, Sat 17 November 2018
Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Eastern Rd, Brighton

We would be delighted to see you at our next meeting this Saturday!  YPAG KSS is for children and young people 8-18 yrs and parents/ carers. Just let us know you are coming by emailing:
For further information email Duncan Barron 
Researchers with new research ideas to present new research ideas to YPAG please contact Prof Paul Seddon:
Find out more about the group >


Kent, Surrey and Sussex Paediatric and Neonatal Research Symposium 2018

19 November 2018, Audrey Emerson Building, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Aims to promote, teach and discuss research with health professionals from all disciplines.
More information on the BSMS events page >


Epidemiology: the art and science of reducing cancer risk and promoting health and wellbeing

Professor Anjum Memon - inaugural lecture
6.30pm, 21 November 2018, Checkland Building, Falmer, University of Brighton

In his inaugural lecture, medically qualified epidemiologist and public health academic Professor Memon will highlight his academic journey in the specialty of epidemiology and discuss his research on the distribution, causes, and prevention of some common cancers. 
More information and bookings >
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.

99% of clients completing feedback surveys were satisfied or very satisfied with our service. 

Find out all the ways that RDS SE can help, on our website > 

Help for researchers with costs of Public Involvement

The RDS SE PPI grant scheme helps researchers with the costs of involving patients and the public at all stages of the research process. 
More information on how to apply on the RDS SE website >

Could your research proposal benefit from expert feedback from 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: 7 November 2018
Contact the RDS SE for more information.
More details on our website >

Are you on Twitter? Do follow us!

If you're on Twitter you can follow us at @NIHR_RDSSE  

Development Opportunities

NIHR Training Programmes 

Find full details of training and career development awards available at various levels on the NIHR website.  
Find out more >

NIHR TCC becomes NIHR Academy

The former NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHR TCC) is now the NIHR Academy.
  • Online Grant Application System - Our online funding application, grant management and information system - TCCi - is now called ARAMIS. Please bookmark the new ARAMIS URL for future use 
    (account and login information remains unchanged.)
  • email address will change to 
  • Twitter: follow @NIHRAcademy 

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Short Course: Introduction to Hospital Episode Statistics

7 - 8 January 2019, Wolfson Centre, 43 Mecklenburgh Square, London, WC1N 2AJ

The course is for researchers and data analysts in academia, government and private sector at all levels who are using or planning to use HES for their work.
£100 Student
£200 Public Sector 
£500 Private Sector

Find out more >

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUHT) Research Training:
Clinical trials: why we do them, how we do them

9.30am – 4.30pm, Thursday 6 December 2018
Audrey Emerton Building, Eastern Rd, Brighton

A free course for anyone working in, or planning to work in, clinical trials. Explains why randomised clinical trials are seen by the NHS as the most robust way to evaluate new drugs and medical devices. 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 -


UCL Centre for Applied Statistics Courses

Find out more on the CASC website >   

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 on the NIHR website >

Public involvement and engagement 


Co-production from proposal to paper

Dr Gary Hickey, Senior Public Involvement Manager at NIHR INVOLVE, has written a piece on Co-Production, featured in ‘Nature’ magazine. Gary's examples show how public participation in research can be extended at every step of the process to generate useful knowledge.
Find out more >

NIHR and national news


From the RDS desk 

This month's RDS blog features RDS SE Adviser and Health Economist, Eirini Saloniki. Eirini is part of the RDS SE Kent team. Here she offers valuable tips on developing social care research applications 
Read the blog > 

Catch up on the latest RDS blogposts 

Read all the RDS blogs >


New campaign to highlight NIHR support for MedTech 

NIHR has just launched the new MedTech campaign: Bringing innovation to the NHS, aimed at highlighting how the NIHR supports medical technology and device companies (MedTech) to develop their ideas and products for use in the NHS. 
Find out more >

HRA and MHRA joint statement on eConsent

HRA and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), have published a joint statement setting out legal and ethical requirements for seeking and documenting consent using electronic methods. eConsent is an approach sponsors and researchers are increasingly keen to adopt, and enables potential research participants to access necessary information via tablet, smartphone or digital multimedia.
Find out more > 

NHS England Research Needs Assessment 2018 published

NHS England has published a summary of information and areas for research identified by its six national priority programmes. They are:
  • Urgent & Emergency Care (UEC)
  • Mental Health
  • Primary Care
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes and Specialised Commissioning
  • The medical and nursing directorates.
Find out more >

Funding news

- contact RDS SE as soon as possible for help with your application!

Calendar view of upcoming NIHR funding opportunities
Overview of upcoming NIHR funding opportunities
For information and a list of all current funding opportunities, visit the NIHR website.

New Fellowship opportunities:

  • NIHR Doctoral Fellowship

The NIHR Doctoral Fellowships is a 3 year full time award that supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research. This Fellowship may be taken up on a part time basis. Clinical applicants are able to include up to 20% clinical time to ensure the maintenance of their clinical competence whilst undertaking the Fellowship.

Closing date: 18 December 2018

Find out more > 

  • NIHR Advanced Fellowship

The Advanced Fellowship is for those at a post-doctoral level and aimed at several specific points of a researcher’s career development. The fellowship is between 2 and 5 years and can be completed on full-time or part-time basis. 

Closing date: 4 December 2018

Find out more > 


NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme competition 37

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: 21 November 2018
Find out more > 


NEW NIHR Themed Calls!

  • Improving the outcomes of health and social care for frail people and their carers.

  • This Themed Call builds on our previous theme of “Complex health and care needs in older people”, and our work in the field of multimorbidity.
  • Webinar: Thursday 22 November 2018, 11:00-12:00. Register your interest.
  • The management of chronic pain.

  • As chronic pain is a major contributor to the burden of ill health and long term conditions, we are keen to focus research into this important issue.
  • Webinar: Monday 26 November 2018, 11:00-12:00. Register your interest.


NEW! NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme - An NIHR and MRC partnership - commissioned calls

EME is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream: EME is accepting stage 2 applications to their commissioned workstream: Closing date20th November 2018
Find out more here.


NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

18/139 Improving the use of experience of care and support data in adult social care services for service improvement and evaluation

NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme

28 new HTA topics are available.

NEW! NIHR Public Health Research Programme - commissioned calls

PHR are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic:
•    18/138 Suicide prevention in high risk groups

NEW: NIHR Public Health Research programme - commissioned calls

The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for the following topics: Closing date: 19th March 2019
Find out more >  

For the full list of opportunities with PHR visit the NIHR funding page >


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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