• RDS Grant Applications Workshop

    12 May 2016

    Taunton, Somerset

    Our Research Design Service (RDS) is running a free one-day Grant Applications Workshop for researchers who are developing proposals with the intention of applying for a grant. The workshop does not provide detailed training in research methodology, rather it more generally covers the full range of issues inherent in developing a successful grant application.

    Competition for research funding is fierce and the workshop aims to help participants understand how to improve their chances of success.

    The workshop will be held on Thursday 12 May 2016 at Taunton Racecourse, Taunton, Somerset. Find out more.

  • UK Diagnostics Forum 26-27 May 2016

    26 May 2016

    Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

    The 5th annual UK Diagnostics Forum will take place on 26-27 May 2016 at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

     Organised by the NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative Oxford in collaboration with NICE, Innovate UK and the British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA), this is a meeting of industry, academia and healthcare developing ways to facilitate the utilisation and adoption of innovative tests through good quality evidence.

    Bookings will go live at 12.30pm today, Wednesday 9th March: click here to register

     For all enquiries, contact


  • RDS Support Event: From research idea to funding application – putting your grant proposal together

    26 May 2016


    Our Research Design Service (RDS) is hosting a support event for health and social care professionals and researchers in the North West of England who want to develop and submit an application one of our funding programmes.

    Attending the event will help to make your application stronger and increase your chance of getting your research idea funded. Find out more.

  • RDS Workshop - From Research Idea to Funding Application: getting your grant proposal together

    09 June 2016


    Our Research Design Service (RDS) is running a workshop for researchers and health professionals who want to develop and submit an NIHR research funding application. Preparing a good application takes time. This workshop will illustrate the application process and will help you to focus your ideas and efforts to produce a strong application. Find out more.

  • RDS Grant Writing Retreat

    13 June 2016

    Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath.

    • Do you have a great idea for research in health or social care?
    • Would your team benefit from protected time and expert support to develop your idea into a competitive funding application?

    Our Research Design Service (RDS) is offering a unique opportunity for health and social care professionals across England to attend a week-long residential Grant Writing Retreat in June 2016. The purpose of the Retreat is to give busy professionals dedicated time to rapidly progress their research idea into fundable proposals.

    Find out more.

  • Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR): Information Events

    29 June 2016

    Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester

    Our Research Design Service (RDS) is running a series of information events which offer an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funding stream. Registration to these events will be free and refreshments will be provided.

    Professor Paul Little, Director of the PGfAR programme will be joined by staff from the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) and a local PGfAR funding panel member to give a presentation followed by a Q&A session

    Researchers currently developing, or considering developing, a proposal for submission to PGfAR for funding are invited to take advantage of a one to one session with PGfAR programme and RDS staff to discuss their proposed study.

    Find out more.

  • Overcoming challenges: Innovative solutions in public involvement in research

    06 September 2016


    Our Research Design Service (RDS) is running a one-day event that will provide the chance to explore and share innovative and effective ways of involving members of the public in health and social care research.

    Find out more.