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RDS SE News February 2020

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

RDS and local news 

RDS blog: 

Using natural experiments to evaluate population health interventions.The recent increased focus from NIHR on public health and social care research might have some of us turning to methodologies that we are less familiar with. 
Read the blog >
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NIHR ARC KSS website

Find out more about the great work going on across our region's new NIHR Applied Research Collaboration, including ways to get involved and job opportunities. The ARC KSS now has its own webpages on the Sussex Partnership Trust site. 
Find out more 

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! 
ur website has full details 


RDS SE Open Office event, School of Health Sciences University of Brighton

2.30pm - 3.30pm, 25 February 2020, 381 Westlain House, University of Brighton

A special event open to SHS staff to raise awareness of how RDS SE can help Health and Social Care Researchers across the south east region. Come along and meet the RDS team and enjoy some cake!

Booking open for last few places!
NIHR Research Programmes Workshop, Canterbury 

11 March 2020, University of Kent 

Following the success of our 29 January workshop, we can offer a few remaining places on this repeat half day session on Wednesday 11 March at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Attendance is free but to confirm your place you must  register via Eventbrite:
More information on the RDS SE events page> 

RDS SE workshop: NIHR Research Programmes, Guildford

9.30am - 12.30pm, 13 February 2020, Oak Suite 1 & 2 (Oak House) University of Surrey, Guildford 

An overview of NIHR funding opportunities, research programmes and application processes.  Our FREE workshop will provide top tips for your application and answer specific questions. 1:1 slots with expert RDS SE Advisers are also available (pre booking required).
Booking and more information via Eventbrite >

NIHR Research Programmes Workshop, Brighton

Time tbc: 1 April 2020, University of Brighton, Falmer

Our popular introductory workshops provide an overview of NIHR funding opportunities and research programme remits, requirements and application processes. Get top tips for your application, ask us questions and book a 1:1 slot with RDS SE Research Advisers. 
More information on the RDS SE events page >

RDS SE Fellowships event, Brighton

3 June 2020, venue tbc 

This NIHR Fellowships event will be 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 amongst clinicians, practitioners and researchers and 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 Seminar, Brighton

12.30 - 2.30pm 17 June 2020, University of Brighton, Falmer

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>
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 are sent to the funder, providing valuable advice and feedback on all aspects of your application, including PPI, health economics and research methodology.
Next panel meetings: 4 March 2020, 1 July 2020
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 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.

Career and Development Opportunities:

Health Services Researcher Vacancy (Realist Review),Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford

Join a team conducting a realist review of the NHS Health Check programme.
Closing date: 5 March 2020
Find out more >


Wellcome Trust: Doctoral Studentships

Enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health. 
Closing date: 16 March 2020
Find out more >

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.  

Recently launched:

HEE-NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme

HEE/NIHR ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) Round 3

NIHR Fellowship Programme
Pre-doctoral Fellowship Round 2

NIHR Academy
Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE)

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 >

NIHR and other news

Artificial Intelligence Health and Care Award launches 

The NIHR, in partnership with the Accelerated Access Collaborative and NHSX, has launched a new Artificial Intelligence Health and Care Award. The award, part of the NHS Artificial Intelligence Lab, will deploy £140m over three years to accelerate the testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies. 
Find out more >

'Latest' News from the Health Research Authority

Helping to make world-class cancer research happen, how to keep in touch with the HRA and an update on Pharmacy Assurance.
Read 'HRA Latest >

NIHR joins colleagues to improve UK research culture

Results of a survey of over 4,000 researchers, published by Wellcome Trust, have revealed high levels of stress and insecurity with many researchers experiencing long hours and aggressive working conditions. The NIHR has a number of activities underway which will help tackle this challenge, including implementation of an equality, diversity and inclusion plan. 
Read 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: 
For more information and a list of all current funding opportunities, please visit the NIHR website.


New! NIHR Public Health Research Programme Call:

Reducing health inequalities in coastal towns and communities

Closing date: 28 July 2020

NIHR Themed Call on Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care

Stage 1 applications sought by:  

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme competition 41

Closing date: 18 March 2020
Find out more > 

Research for Patient Benefit: Research for Social Care Programme

Research for Social Care - Competition 2

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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