Latest news

The latest news from the Research Design Service South East, including our monthly e-bulletin.

What’s new? Find out in our RDS SE April bulletin!

NIHR Research Design Service South East April e-bulletin. New Fellowship opportunities, funding calls and much more!

March RDS SE e-bulletin. Don’t miss our events coming up soon!

NIHR Research Design Service South East March e-bulletin funding, news, events and more…

Our RDS SE events 2019: Book now to secure your place!

Research Journey Lunchtime Seminar, 5 June, 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm, University of Brighton, BE208, Bevendean House,  Falmer Campus

Are you interested in a Clinical-Academic research career? Come and hear Professor Catherine Evans, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and Kings College London, and Professor Kathy Greenwood, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and University of Sussex, talk about their own journeys in balancing clinical work with successful research. Lunch and networking opportunities are provided and you can also book a 1:1 slot with an RDS SE adviser to receive expert advice on your specific research plans. Please email to book a place.

RDS SE workshop: Research Application Writing 10am-4pm, Wed 10 July 2019, University of Brighton

Writing-focused workshop for research teams of 2-3 people at the latter stages of developing their research applications. The workshop aims to give teams time and space to write applications with on-hand support from RDS SE Research Advisers.Speak to your RDS SE Research Adviser or email for more details.

SAVE THE DATE! NIHR Research programmes, 2 October, 2019 (time and details tbc),  University of Brighton

An overview of NIHR funding opportunities and research programme remits, requirements and application processes. We give you top tips for your application, answer specific questions and offer bookable 1:1 slots with experienced RDS SE Research Advisers.Speak to your RDS SE Research Adviser 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, contact






Co-producing research: How do we share power?#How2CoPro

10am-3.30pm, Tuesday 12 March 2019, Kingston University and St George’s University of London

Last year’s  #How2CoPro event such a success that we are back again and looking forward to learning together once more!
Find out more and book >

Including PPI in funding applications – new online course

The NIHR has launched a new co-produced interactive online course for public reviewers, researchers and research managers to help boost knowledge of patient and public involvement.Module three provides useful guidance for researchers on aspects to include in funding applications.
Find out more >

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) and Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) half day information event hosted by RDS SE

Booking now open!

Wed 8 May 2019, Royal College of Anaesthetists, London  (approx. 1- 4.30pm – tbc)

A FREE half day event giving key information about applying for NIHR funding. There will be speakers from the funding programmes and successful grant-holders, as well as interactive workshops. A chance for budding and/or experienced researchers in medical/health, social care and public health to discuss and develop ideas to help increase the chance of preparing a fundable research proposal. A great opportunity to network with regional colleagues.
Places limited.
Please register at:

February NIHR RDS SE e-bulletin. Don’t miss our Programme Grants/RfPB Funding event 8/5/19! 

NIHR Research Design Service South East February e-bulletin, has news  of funding, events and more, for health and social care researchers around the south east. If you’re not a subscriber already, click here to ensure you get your monthly updates from RDS SE!

New NIHR blog post from Professor Chris Whitty on the NIHR Academy

New NIHR blog post from NIHR lead and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care, Professor Chris Whitty, on the NIHR Academy: building on our strengths to secure a healthier future

The new NIHR Academy, launched in October, will play a pivotal role in readying the NHS and wider health research workforce for the future. The Academy aims to simplify, and enhance what the NIHR can do for health research training and careers. It brings together many small schemes which were often difficult to navigate into larger, simpler ones. It launches a number of new initiatives to help areas and professions which were underserved or neglected. It co-locates all those throughout the academic pathway, from first-year researchers in training, through mid-career researchers, on to Research Professors and the Senior Investigators at the peak of their careers.

Above all it looks to the challenges of the future, many of which are predictable in an ageing population, and the scientific avenues which are opening up including large data analysis and genomics.


NIHR RDS SE January e-Bulletin – new RDS SE events, NIHR funding calls and lots more!

NIHR Research Design Service South East January bulletin, has news  of funding, events and more, for health and social care researchers around the south east. If you’re not a subscriber already, click here to ensure you get your monthly updates from RDS SE!




Come to our RDS SE Research Café, 21 February 2019, University of Surrey!

RDS SE invites you to our Research Café event!
10-12.30, Thursday 21 February 2019
Leggett Building**, Daphne Jackson Road, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7WG .  

Come and discuss your research ideas, proposals and options for funding and for your research career development.

We have both general and specialist advisers available to talk with you. Please feel free to join us at any time between 10am and 12.30pm and/or use the Research Café for dedicated time to work on your research idea/proposal. You are most welcome to bring other team members. Light Refreshments are available throughout the morning and we look forward to meeting you!

Register your interest:

Contact Kay Stephenson, RDS SE
Tel:  01483 688504

(**The Leggett Building is opposite the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, and can be reached by bus routes 4, 5 and A from the secondary exit of the railway station).

1st birthday for YPAG

The Kent Surrey and Sussex Young Persons Advisory Group for Research (YPAG KSS) celebrated its first birthday in November. Snr Research Fellow and RDS SE PPI Duncan Barron reflected on the group’s year:

‘Setting up the YPAG for Kent Surrey & Sussex has been extremely rewarding and a great experience… Involving children and young people (C&YP) in the design stages of new paediatric research is challenging but has proved possible.  We have committed and enthusiastic C&YP who are keen to help and not afraid to ask questions. I have been so pleased with suggestions from the C&YP themselves in how they want the group to run with some keen to help facilitate…. We have been inspired by ideas for future research generated by the group at our first anniversary of YPAG KSS in November. The group has proved to be creative, challenging and inspiring.

Read more about the group in our RDS SE Newsletter (p6-7)

Patient and Public Involvement opportunity with RDS SE – would you like to influence health and social care research in our region?

RDS SE Advisory Board – lay member vacancies

The RDS SE is committed to ensuring that the public, patients, carers and service users are integral to our work and play an active role as partners. We want to appoint two lay representatives to the RDS SE Advisory Board. Working alongside the Patient and Public Involvement strategic lead, this will ensure that the public perspective is at the heart of our RDS SE work. The Advisory Board was established for our new (3rd) RDS SE contract, effective from 1 October 2018, to offer external oversight and quality assurance of the RDS SE service. The first meeting of the Advisory Board will be held on 27 March 2019.

We are seeking to recruit two members of the public, patient, or carer with a keen interest in health and social care-related research and how it can be designed to improve health and social care service delivery in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Full details of the role and how to apply: Advisory Board Lay Rep info sheet for application FINAL.

The closing date for applications is 30 January 2019. If you have concerns/queries about your suitability or any other aspect of your application, please contact Tricia Wilson, RDS SE Patient and Public Involvement Strategic Lead, for an informal chat.

Tel: 01227 816093