Research Design Service: East Midlands
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Supporting researchers at all stages of preparing grant applications

Research Design Service (RDS) West Midlands provides support to those preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.

RDS West Midlands is part of a network of regional support services funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). They form a key part of the research infrastructure and provide advice and guidance free of charge through consultation with experts and use of online resources.

RDS WM support during the COVID-19 crisis

Despite the ongoing situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) RDS West Midlands will continue to support clients who are developing applications for health and social care research. We will, however, not be offering face to face meetings but our specialist researchers across the region will be happy to meet via greater use of email, telephone and videoconferencing. 

Support requests should be submitted in the usual way via the request form

You can also contact us via our e-mail –


Don't forget to take a look at our RDSblog: monthly tips, insights and experiences of the funding application process