• Introduction to NIHR funding: two-day workshops

    12 March 2015

    Cambridge and Colchester

    12 March 2015 and 18 March 2015.
    Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Cambridge.

    10 June 2015 and 17 June 2015.
    University of Essex, Colchester.

    In this set of two full-day interactive workshops from our Research Design Service (RDS) we look at the most important aspects of putting together an application for research funding. Our work over these two days is focused on our various funding streams with the aim helping participants develop the skills they need to put together a high quality research bid with a genuine chance of success in a highly competitive field. 

    These workshops are designed for novice bidders who have not applied to us for research funding before. There are 20 places per workshop, total cost £100 for the two days. Find out more.

  • Midlands Regional Meeting, hosted by the NIHR Colorectal Therapies HTC

    23 April 2015

    23 April 2015 09:30-17:00 The Studio, Birmingham

    The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Colorectal Therapies Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) is a national centre of expertise for the development of technologies in the area of colorectal disease.

     The NIHR Colorectal Therapies HTC is looking for innovative and creative scientists and engineers, clinicians, industrial partners and patients to collaborate in developing technological solutions to address unmet clinical needs.

     The event is free to attend. Its purpose is to enable the next steps to be taken in identifying novel solutions to a series of previously identified clinical needs which include the following:

    • personalised surgery
    • next generation ‘intelligent’ instruments
    • enhancement and monitoring of postoperative surgery
    • rapid early detection of disease, including ‘real time’ bedside diagnostics
    • prevention and early detection of postoperative complications.

     To register click here:

  • Focus on Fellowships event

    24 April 2015

    University of York

    If you want to know more about how to apply to NIHR or MRC fellowships, this 'Focus on Fellowships' event, led by our Research Design Service (RDS) is for you. Schemes are aimed at individuals who can show research potential or a demonstrable commitment to a career in research, either clinical or non-clinical. Advice on how to develop your CV for applications in the future will also be available.

    This event will help dispel the myths on the application process and help you focus your efforts and ideas to give you an insight into what makes a good application. Find out more.

  • RDS Developing proposals for RfPB - Seminar

    11 May 2015

    University of Liverpool

    This seminar is one of a series organised by our Research Design Service (RDS) to highlight national funding opportunities for applied health and social care research. The aim is to give researchers a better understanding of funding priorities, application processes and future plans and an opportunity for dialogue with panel members and successful grant holders. We will highlight Public Involvement and how the RDS can support you through the application process.

    Monday 11 May 2015 - 10.00 am to 12.00 noon (with lunch).

    Find out more.

  • RDS Developing proposals for RfPB - Afternoon support session

    11 May 2015

    University of Liverpool

    - Are you planning to submit a RfPB grant application in September 2015?
    - Do you want advice from experts on topics such as research methods, patient and public involvement and costings?

    Our Research Design Service (RDS) is providing a support afternoon for people applying to the RfPB programme for research funding.

    11 May 2015 - 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm (with lunch on arrival).

    Find out more.

  • PPI Workshop at NIHR Guy's and St Thomas' BRC

    13 May 2015

    Room 2 and 3, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London

    The workshop will cover practical aspects of involving patients in the research process and will provide an understanding of the methods and resources available to involve patients most effectively in the various stages of the research process. The workshop is co-designed and co-delivered by patient trainers, giving participants the opportunity to discuss specific challenges in their own studies with experienced service users. The workshop is targeted towards researchers that are currently in the process of applying to NIHR or similar funding streams.


    Bookings will open in March and will be advertised on the BRC website events page.



  • Find your voice - Demystifying research and public involvement in research

    18 May 2015


    Are you a patient, carer or member of the public who wants to find out more about key aspects of research and how you can get involved?

    Our Research Design Service (RDS) is running a series of five workshops that will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to get involved. All workshops are from 10am-3pm and will take place in Cambridge on 18 May, 2 June, 16 June, 26 June and 13 July 2015.

    Find out more.

  • Fellowship Information Event

    18 May 2015

    Wellcome Collection, London

    Our Research Design Service (RDS) and Trainees Co-ordinating Centre (TCC) will be holding a Fellowship Information Event on 18 May 2015 from 14.00 to 16.30 at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE.

    The event will give an overview of the current NIHR training schemes and the support available from host institutions and RDS London. Further presentations from previously successful applicants will give valuable insights into their experience and the requirements of the interview panel.

    If you are intending to apply for the January 2016 round of the NIHR Fellowship scheme, we strongly encourage you to attend. Attendance is free of charge. Find out more.

  • NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative Oxford to host UK Diagnostics Forum 2015

    19 May 2015


    The 4th annual UK Diagnostics Forum 2015 will be held on 19-20 May 2015 at St Hugh’s College, 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.

    Registration for this event is now live. Find out more.

  • Workshop: NIHR Themed Call Multimorbidities in Older People; How we can support you and your research.

    20 May 2015

    University of Sussex

    We recognise the the need for further research-based evidence to support the delivery of best care to people with multimorbidities and to enable them to maintain their capabilities and quality of life. Multimorbidity is defined as the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions in one person.

    Although this call has an official closing date of 20 May 2015, we acknowledge it will remain a priority across the next 12 months.  Our Research Design Service (RDS) and Brighton and Sussex Medical School have joined forces to provide this opportunity for you to come along and find out more about this area of research, network and discuss research ideas.  We want to know how we can support you and what you need from us to make research happen.

    Find out more.

  • NIHR Great Ormond Street BRC’s Symposium on Rare Disease

    22 May 2015

    Kennedy Lecture Theatre, Institute of Child Health

    Taking place during Research Awareness Week, the 2015 NIHR Great Ormond Street Biomedical Research Centre’s (BRC) symposium will focus on rare disease research and will include presentations from representatives of all four of the BRC research themes. The event, taking place on Friday 22 May between 2pm and 6:30pm, will end with a poster session and a reception. To view the full programme and register for the event please visit Eventbrite. For further information, please contact Su Jayakody, PhD:

  • Workshop: Introduction to the NIHR & RDS Support

    25 June 2015

    University of Surrey, Guildford

    Who should attend?

    Researchers from Higher Education Institutions and NHS trusts wishing to discover more about NIHR funding and support that our Research Design Service (RDS) can provide. The session includes:

    • Overview of NIHR and the RDS
    • NIHR funding and Fellowship opportunities
    • Patient and public involvement
    • Open discussion, including Q & A
    • Networking and lunch
    • 1 to 1 sessions (optional)

    Find out more.