• 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 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, Stansted, 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.

  • RDS Bid Development Workshop

    05 July 2016

    Takeley, Essex

    Our Research Design Service (RDS) is running a free one-day Bid Development Workshop to provide clinicians and researchers who are developing NIHR funding applications with generic and project specific guidance so they can further improve the quality of their applications.

    The workshop will be held on Tuesday 5 July 2016 in Takeley, Essex. 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.

  • RDS Developing proposals for RfPB - morning seminar and support afternoon

    09 September 2016


    Our Research Design Service (RDS) will be holding a morning seminar and support afternoon for those intending to apply for RfPB funding.

    The morning seminar is one of a series organised by our 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.

    The support afternoon is for those planning to submit an RfPB proposal and is a facilitated half-day support session for applicants involving one-to-one advice with a range of experts from different methodological backgrounds. The aim is to maximise your chances of success in securing RfPB funding and to ensure your project is robust, well designed and properly supported.

    Find out more.