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

RDS SE November Bulletin

NIHR Research Design Service South East November bulletin, includes a new cross programme call from NIHR on digital technologies, plus new charity funding opportunities and details of RDS SE upcoming events.

Enthusiastic research community gathers at RDS SE launch event: Looking ahead (2018 – 2023)

The RDS SE Launch held yesterday at NCVO in London was a really successful and lively event, attracting around sixty people. Academics, researchers, Trust R&D staff, clinicians, allied health professionals and public shared a networking lunch and there was a programme of speakers followed by interactive workshops.

There was great energy and an enthusiasm to share knowledge, experiences and ideas around health and social care research. The aim of the event was to look ahead with a view to raising the level and quality of research activity in our region. You can have a look at the day’s highlights on Twitter using #RDSLaunch

Thanks to all who came along and we look forward to working together!

Uni of Surrey to be provider of NIHR/ICAP Internship Programme 2019 – applications open!

The School of Health Sciences at University of Surrey has been awarded funds for the NIHR/HEE Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICAP) Internship 2019 to support clinicians (nurses, allied health & non-medical healthcare professionals) to develop research skills in preparation for PhD, pre-doctoral clinical academic fellowship (PCAF) or clinical doctoral research fellowship (CDRF) applications.


  • Completed application with supporting documentation 16th November 2018
  • Interviews 23rd November 2018
  • The programme will run from January – July 2019.

contact: Dr. Margaret Lau-Walker (ICA Programme Lead) in the first instance: 



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 this website and in November’s e-bulletin!

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 >

RDS SE October Bulletin

See our exciting new events announced in NIHR Research Design Service South East October bulletin, including latest research funding calls, events and blogposts!



RDS SE Presubmission Panel, new dates for 2019 – would you like feedback on your funding proposal?..

New dates

6 March 2019 (deadline for submissions is 12 noon on 20 February)
3 July 2019 (deadline for submission is  12 noon on 19 June)
6 November 2019 (deadline for submission is 12 noon on 24 October)

This mock panel is made up of a panel of expert RDS advisers who can review and comment on your research proposal before your submit to a national funding panel. Please contact us now for more information

For more information on the panel visit our research design support webpage

People are Messy – Free screening and PPI discussion, 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. Following the screening, there will be a discussion on the importance of being involved in health research. Professor Paul Seddon and Dr. Khalid Ali, representatives from the NIHR and members of the Young Person’s Advisory Group (YPAG) Kent, Surrey & Sussex for health research, will be on the panel to answer questions.
‘People are Messy’ is suitable for ages 13 +. Tickets are limited.
Register here >

RDS SE September Bulletin

Catch up with the latest news from NIHR Research Design Service South East in this month’s bulletin, including the latest research funding calls, events and blogposts!




Sign up for our NIHR Research Design Service South East Launch Event 31/10.18

1.15 – 4.30pm, 31 October 2018, National Council For Voluntary Organisations, London

RDS SE is hosting a half-day event to launch our new contract, which starts in October 2018. The afternoon combines a mixture of strategic discussions with talks from eminent speakers in health and social care research and interactive workshops.

We invite you to join us as we set out what will be different under the new contract, and for you to engage with our plans over the next five years to support and grow research activity across the region. This event aims to create opportunities for budding and/or experienced researchers in medical/health, social care and public health to develop research ideas and strategic plans with the RDS SE team. It’s also a great opportunity to network with research and support colleagues.
Please share this event information with interested colleagues. We hope to see you!
Further information and registration >

NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) 2017/18 Research Activity League Table shows highest ever participation rates

More people across Kent, Surrey and Sussex are gaining access to new and better treatments through clinical research participationThe latest 2017/18 figures published by CRN show that 36,143 patients and healthy volunteers took part in health research studies across all south east NHS trusts and CCGs; the highest number ever recorded for the region. The Research Activity League Table shows how much research is happening, in what types of NHS organisation and where in England.
Find the table on the NIHR website >

NIHR RDS SE August e-bulletin: register for our RDS SE launch event!

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