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

As you may have seen, the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) has been replaced by the new NIHR Research Support Service (RSS) on 1 October 2023. We are the NIHR RSS delivered by the University of Birmingham and Partners – Keele and Warwick Universities, along with Clinical Trials Units at each of these institutions.

The RSS has combined expertise in designing research with delivery expertise to provide an integrated research design, development, collaboration and implementation system with centres that can provide seamless support from pre-application through to post-application phases for all researchers (NIHR- and non-NIHR funded)

To access RSS please use this link: Support Request Form 

In order to provide RDS clients with continuity, however, RDS support for your application can extend beyond 1 October and, where necessary, to the end of March 2024. If completion of this work is expected to continue beyond this point, we will discuss with you about an appropriate handover to the new RSS.  

Please contact  if you have any questions.

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