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

BOOK NOW! RDS SE funding event – NIHR RfPB/HTA, University of Surrey 19/4

Successfully applying to NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programmes
10 am to 2 pm, Thurs 19 April 2018, Oak Suite 1 & 2, University of Surrey

Aimed at all levels of NHS and academic researchers who want to know more about the NIHR HTA and RfPB funding schemes. This promises to be a really useful event for everyone whose work could potentially be funded by these programmes. Senior RfPB and HTA Programme Managers will talk about the programmes and offer advice on applying, with opportunity for Q&A. Specifically, the progression from RfPB to HTA will be discussed
(see examples here)  Additionally, an interactive workshop will enable delegates to present their research idea for discussion and advice from the NIHR programme managers and the RDS SE.

Draft Programme:

  • 09.30: Registration & Coffee
  • 10.00: Welcome to the University of Surrey – Helen Griffiths (Dean of Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences)
  • 10.10:  RDS-SE Welcome
  • 10.15:  Brief Overview of NIHR, and details of RfPB/HTA programmes (with Q & A)
  • 11.10:  Panel Discussion
  • 11.30:  Tea/coffee and Networking
  • 12.00: KSS Clinical Research Network, Surrey Clinical Trials Unit and RDS SE
  • 12.30: Lunch
  • 13.00: RfPB & HTA round table workshops
  • 14.00: close

How to book: (This event will be extremely popular and we will confirm your place in due course.)
Please email and include the following information

  • Full name (include professional title, organisation and job title)
  • If you have had previous contact with RDS SE, and if so which RDS SE site
  • If you would like a place on either the RfPB OR HTA interactive workshops. Workshop place will be confirmed in due course.
  • If you are staying for lunch and any dietary requirements
  • If you need a parking permit.




RDS SE Pre Submission Panel dates 2018

RDS SE Pre Submission Panel dates 2018

If you are in the late stages of developing a grant application please speak to your RDS Adviser to find out whether you could send it to one of our RDS SE pre-submission panel meetings. It’s a great way to get valuable feedback on  your proposal before you submit it to the funder. Contact us for more details.

Next panel dates:

4 July 2018 (deadline for submission to panel 20 June)

7 November 2018 (deadline for submission to panel 24 October )


Mental health research chief investigator award now open

This national award celebrates the vital role of service users and the public in shaping and improving health studies. This year’s award is open for applications from Chief Investigators of mental health research studies.
Closing date: 30 March 2018
Find out more >

Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) KSS  Meets 19 May, Brighton

Next YPAG KSS meeting: 10-12, Sat 19 May 2018
Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Eastern Rd, Brighton

Open to children and young people 8-18yrs and their parents/ carers. We would be delighted to see you – please let us know you are coming by emailing:
If you are a researcher wishing to present your new research ideas to the YPAG please contact Prof Paul Seddon:

Find out more about the group >

NIHR RDS SE March e-bulletin now online

NIHR and RDS news, events and opportunities for researchers. Find out what’s new in health and social care research in our latest RDS SE e-bulletin

EoI for RDS SE Research Writing Workshop, Uni of Brighton, 25/4/18

RDS South East Research Writing Workshop 
10am – 4pm, Wednesday 25th April
Boardroom, Mayfield House, University of Brighton

The workshop is to allow researchers to spend a day working on writing a funding application with their research team (up to 3 people) with the support of RDS methodologists. If you are selected to attend, you will be asked to provide the current draft of your project on the funder’s application form to your RDS SE Adviser by 18th April 2017. At the workshop, you will be asked to give a 5-minute pitch about the priority of your research.

For more information and an expression of interest form (closing date 9 April), contact your RDS SE Research Adviser
For queries about this event email:

Guidance notes >


Programme Grants for Applied Research Competition 26

Application dates: 08 February 2018 to 04 April 2018

Applications are invited for Stage 1 research proposals to develop individual programmes. Research funded through a Programme Grant typically consists of an interrelated group of high quality projects focused on a coherent theme and hence require multidisciplinary approaches, including clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and behavioural sciences, to ensure that research objectives can be met. The amount awarded and the length of the funding period will depend on the nature of the proposed work, in particular whether or not the proposal includes a substantial powered trial.

The NIHR 2018 Themed Call is ‘Promotion of good mental health and the prevention or treatment of mental ill health’ across the whole life course. We welcome proposals for clinical and applied health research that evaluate healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures operating at either the individual, or the population level. Issues of particular interest include proposals that utilise new digital health technologies or investigate their effects. This Themed Call will apply to Competition 26 and 27.

For further details, including the Themed Call specification document, please see

Please note that PGfAR’s researcher led calls are open to all relevant research areas, and do not just include this Themed Call. If you are responding to this Themed Call, please indicate this in the application form in Section 6, Research Plan, Question 1 ‘What is the problem being addressed?’

Competition 26


Out now! INVOLVE RDS Update – Winter 2017/2018, INVOLVE at 21, Kent Surrey Sussex YPAG and more!

Find out all the news from the INVOLVE RDS partnership, including news from the INVOLVE conference and an update from the Kent Surrey and Sussex Young Person’s Advisory Group (YPAG) for children and young people’s research.


INVOLVE RDS UpdateWinter18 

NIHR i4i Mental Health Challenge Award 2018 – read last year’s winners’ blog!

Applications are invited for the 2018 Invention for Innovation (i4i) Challenge Awards for the development of innovative technological solutions which can influence the patient care pathway and improve patient outcomes for mental health conditions.
**Find out about the winning 2017 NIHR i4i Challenge Award project in this blog:
‘Virtual benefits for the real world’ 

Closing date: 4 April 2018

Find out more >

HEE/NIHR ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) Round 1 competition now open

Health Education England and the National Institute for Health Research have launched the first Integrated Clinical Academic Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship scheme competition.
PCAF supports early career researchers who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and clinical development. Applicants must belong to one of the eligible professions.

Closing date: 11 April 2018
Full details on the NIHR website >

RDS SE February e-bulletin out now!

NIHR and RDS news, events and opportunities for researchers. Find out what’s new in health and social care research in our latest RDS SE e-bulletin