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Support request form
To request free individual advice from our RDS WM advisors on your funding application, please complete the form below (* starred fields are compulsory).

You may find it helpful to look at our online guidance and resources for designing research studies and applying for funding. If you are unsure, please check whether RDS can help: RDS WM can provide free design and methodological review to applied health or social care researchers who are developing research funding applications to NIHR and other open, national, peer-reviewed funding programmes. 

We will usually not be able to provide individual support if researchers contact us less than four weeks before submission, as our experts are unlikely to be able to offer any meaningful support in this time frame, especially because we may be already facilitating many other applications for that grant round.

Any information revealed during discussions with the Research Design Service will be treated confidentially.

PLEASE NOTE: We have recently experienced some databae and web issues.  If you do not receive a confirmation message advising that you have successfully submitted your request we suggest that you contact us via phone 0121 414 8533 or email rds@contacts.bham.ac.uk)

Also please note that you should enter an intended submission date that pre-dates the funder’s deadline e.g. 16/11/2018 for a 17/11/2018 deadline. 

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

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Main applicant’s contact details
Contact name *
Job title
Telephone number *
E-mail *
Role in project
Principal investigator’s contact details
Principal investigator name
Job title
Telephone number *
E-mail *
Co-applicant details
Study details
Working title of the study
Funding body (if known)
Funding stream/programme
Targeted submission date *

Funders submission deadline *

Has this application (or similar application) previously been submitted to a funding body?
If resubmission, outline reasons for failure
Is this an outline or a full application?
Documentation / about your study
Please provide a brief description of the study, including aims, why there is a need for this study, and methods. If your project is at an early stage, please just outline your ideas

Please upload a draft proposal, protocol, funding application form or feedback you have received below.

*NOTE: Due to restrictions placed in some organisations, some documents may not upload to our system. If this happens, your local RDS administrator will be in contact as soon as possible.

Document 1Draft application 
Document 2 
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Support Requested
Our ‘How can we help?’, FAQ and RDS West Midlands charter pages outline the support we can offer. If you have already been funded and require additional research advice, please contact your local R&D department.


  • Building an appropriate research team


Please provide details of additional support required
Final Items
I have read and understood the RDS West Midlands Charter*
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