Latest news

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

Sussex Partnership NHS Trust – Research Magazine Issue 4 online

Find out how Sussex Partnership NHS Trust is developing its research strategy in the latest illustrated, 24 page newsletter on the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust website.

The Trust is holding two research events:
Sussex Mindfulness Centre 2nd Annual Conference
Friday 19 September 2014, Hove

Mood and Anxiety Research in Sussex Conference
Friday 21 November 2014, Hove

Book a free place on the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust website >

May 2014 e-bulletin

Local research news

NIHR 2014 OK to Ask campaign

The NIHR marked International Clinical Trials Day on May 20 with its ‘OK to Ask’ campaign, calling on patients and carers to ask their doctor about NHS research they can take part in. You can support the campaign by visiting the Facebook page and passing on the message.

Facebook highlights the many events happening at NHS hospitals across the south east (including East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust on 23 May) to mark the day.

Find out more about the OK to Ask campaign >


Training opportunities

CASS survey design, data collection and data analysis methods workshops

Courses for academic social scientists and applied researchers. Topics include survey design and analysis, statistical modelling and data analysis.

Next available course: Regression Methods

Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 June 2014

University of Southampton, UK

NEW reduced fees for UK public sector staff.

Further information on the University of Southampton website >


Local research events

NIHR Public Health Research programme workshop for potential applicants

12.15-4pm, 10 June 2014, Maidstone

This event, facilitated by Phil Taverner, Assistant Director of the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, is for those wishing to explore PHR funding opportunities available. It will provide an overview of the programme.

Further information on the RDS SE website >

An introduction to the NIHR and RDS SE

10.15am-2pm, 12 June 2014, Guildford

A half-day session for academics and NHS researchers wishing to discover more about NIHR funding and RDS SE support for applicants.

Further information on the RDS SE website >

EKHUFT/KentHealth collaborative seminar on stroke research

5pm, 4 June 2014 Kent and Canterbury Hospital

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust and the University of Kent’s fourth collaborative networking event, will bring colleagues together around stroke research.

Further information on the University of Kent website >

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust Research and Development Annual Symposium

‘Imaging in Research’

12 June 2014, Postgraduate Centre, Kent and Canterbury Hospital

With presentations and guest speakers.

Further information on the EKHUFT website >


National research news

NIHR launches ‘make it clear’ campaign website

A new ‘make it clear’ website supports researchers to write good quality plain English summaries: a new requirement of NIHR funding.

Further information on the ‘make it clear’ campaign website >

Winners announced and next round of the NIHR New Media Competition launched

Are you involved in NIHR research (as a researcher, a patient or a member of the public) and are you interested in communicating it? Then enter the NIHR New Media Competition. Previous winners can be viewed on YouTube.

Round 4 of the competition has now launched.

Closing date: 30 September 2014.

Further information on the NIHR TCC website >


National research events

NIHR Activity Capture and Attribution Template information events

London 3 July 2014

A new tool and service designed to help researchers and funders identify and attribute the activities in research studies, ACAT is being piloted by NIHR. The RDS is hosting events around the country to provide a greater understanding of these changes.

These events are free and refreshments will be provided.

Further information on the NIHR RDS website >


Patient and public involvement

‘Promoting a research active nation’

NIHR has published a five year strategic plan ‘Promoting a research active nation’ setting out a new programme to encourage public engagement and participation in health, social care and public health research.

Further information on Simon Denegri’s website >


Research funding

For help with applications to peer-reviewed funding streams
go to the RDS SE website for contact details and the online request form.

View a timetable of NIHR funding stream deadlines.

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme – researcher-led applications invited

The EME Programme is accepting applications for clinical trials and evaluative studies of novel and repurposed interventions to its researcher-led workstream

Closing date: 17 June 2014

Further information on the NIHR EME website >

Department of Health Policy Research Programme

The Policy Research Programme (PRP) commissions high quality, research-based evidence relevant to the policy remit of the DH.

Applications are invited on:

  • Iodine and health: iodine status in the UK population particularly in pregnant women
  • Thinking differently about dementia education and training – a formative evaluation
  • An examination of the costs and benefits of a regulatory approach to the assessment of continuing fitness to practise of health and care professionals
  • Evaluating the impact of Health Education England’s national values based recruitment programme

Closing date: 2 July 2014

Further information on the PRP website >

NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) – Product Development Awards

i4i supports projects to develop innovative healthcare technologies including medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices. i4i will also support projects which utilise and develop technologies with a potential impact if applied in a healthcare setting.

Closing date: 9 July 2014

Further information on the NIHR i4i website >

NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme funding opportunities


14/49 – Efficient study design

Closing date: 16 July 2014

Further information on the NIHR HTA website >

Commissioned research

Primary Research – Two Stage (outline to full proposal)

14/28 – Covered versus uncovered self-expanding metal bowel stents

14/29 – Enhancing health related quality of life in children who live with a primary carer with serious mental illness

Closing date: 14 August 2014

Evidence Synthesis – (full proposal)

14/26 – Medically unexplained symptoms primary care intervention

Closing date: 14 August 2014

Further information on the NIHR HTA website >

NIHR Public Health Research programme

Researcher-led workstream

Outline proposals are invited to the researcher-led workstream at any time, with three annual cut-off dates when applications are considered.

Closing date: 4 August 2014

Researcher-led call highlight notice

In addition to applications under the normal remit, applications are sought on evaluating public health interventions by utilising pre-existing data.

Closing date: 4 August 2014

Further information on the NIHR PHR website >

Commissioned funding opportunities

14/53 – Choice Architecture

Closing date: 4 August 2014

14/54 – Health improvement interventions for offenders or ex-offenders under community supervision

14/67 – Weight management after pregnancy

Closing date: 1 September 2014

Further information on the NIHR PHR website >

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme

Competition 25

The NIHR RfPB Programme invites applications for applied research projects to provide benefit for NHS patients and other users of health and social care services. RfPB is a nationally co-ordinated funding stream for regionally commissioned research.

Closing date: September date TBA

Further information on the NIHR RfPB website >

NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research programme: researcher-led funding opportunities

The HS&DR researcher-led workstream welcomes outline proposals on topics identified by researchers within the programme’s remit.

In addition, submissions are also invited on:

  • Community pharmacy: harnessing the potential for health and health care

Closing date: 25 September 2014

Further information on the NIHR RfPB website >

2014 NIHR Clinical Lectureships

The 2014 NIHR Clinical Lectureship recruitment round is now open. Prospective applicants should contact their Local Education and Training Board/ Deanery in the first instance for further information on closing dates and the application process.

Further information on the NIHR TCC website >

MRC Public Health Intervention Development Scheme (PHIND)

The PHIND scheme supports early phase development of public health interventions. Studies should address an important UK or global public health issue.

Closing date: 12 September 2014

Further information on the MRC website >


Plain English summaries in NIHR funded research – ‘make it clear’ campaign

From 14 May 2014 a good quality plain English summary, submitted as part of the standard application form, is a requirement of NIHR funding. Summaries are assessed by reviewers and panel member. If quality is assessed to be poor applicants are asked to resubmit.

What makes a good quality plain English summary?

It is clear, easy to read and is as jargon free as possible. It provides an overview of the entire research study that readers can understand straight away. For more information visit the ‘Make it Clear’ website – See more at:

Dr Wilkinson, of the University’s School of Psychology, will lead the RDS (SE) in its role in preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding programmes in applied health and social care.  Dr Wilkinson is also an Academic Research Fellow at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. His main research interest is in understanding the psychological and biological bases of human cognition with a view to developing more effective therapies for individuals with brain injury. His research uses a variety of experimental approaches including normative behavioural testing, cognitive neuropsychology, brain stimulation, and functional neuro-imaging.