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

The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) provides a nationwide network of skilled advisers who help people to develop and obtain funding for research of direct benefit to users of NHS and social care services and the public.

RDS West Midlands is part of this network and provides support and guidance to clients across the region in preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. Our service is free of charge and is delivered by our teams based at Birmingham, Keele and Warwick Universities.

NIHR Ideation Workshop opportunities

Programme overview
The NIHR Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Office has a programme of work looking to identify, and deliver improvements to the health and social care research ecosystem for researchers, the public, and research delivery staff. This includes finding ways to accelerate end-to-end research, increasing awareness, recruitment and diversity, improving engagement with participants, and making it easier to track and value the impact of research.

The involvement opportunity

We've recently identified through user research the need for clear "entry points" for researchers to discover, engage and manage the services the NIHR offers. Currently, researchers often come to the NIHR website not knowing where to start, who to contact and not understanding what services are on offer to them.

How you'll help
To understand this challenge in more detail, we're facilliating 2 ideation workshops. Within these workshops we'll collaboratively map out what the ideal journey should look like, providing researchers with a clear point of entry and direction to the services offered. We'll brief you ahead of time so you can bring your ideas to us.

How to get involved
If you are a researcher and want to get involved please contact with your availability for the following:
The 2 workshops will run on:
- Tuesday 31 May 2022
- Wednesday 8 June 2022
Each will last for approximately 3 hours. Ideally we want you to be in both workshops but understand that it might not be possible.

Please include your job title and level of experience in your email. All research experience levels are welcome to apply.
Closing day for submission:
For 31st May workshop: 30th May, 10AM -1PM
For 8th June workshop: 7th June, 10AM-1PM

Why you should get involved
This is a chance for you to be involved and help us design clear entry points into the NIHR, improve the visibility of services on offer to you and provide a method of managing your work.

Privacy Notice
During our workshops we will be taking notes that capture your ideas and suggestions, all notes will be anonymised and not shared with anyone else but the NIHR and NIHR partners.



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


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