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.

Research Design Service South Central

Essential Guide to Grant
Applications 2023

Date: Wednesday 08th March to Friday 10th March 2023
Time: 09.10-15.00
Venue: Online

A masterclass for anyone thinking of applying for a health or social care research grant, either from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) or from other open, competitive, peer reviewed sources of funding.

Sessions include:

• What funding panels look for
• Sales pitch and writing style
• The plain English summary
• Importance of the research question, title, aims & objectives
• What reviewers want from methods sections
• How to present the statistics, health economics and qualitative sections
• Good project management
• Patient and public involvement
• Equality, diversity and inclusion
• Showing the potential for tangible outputs and impact
• Intellectual property and how to deal with it
• The importance of good pre submission review

Who should attend:

This event is open to UK-based healthcare professionals, social care and public health practitioners, health researchers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are intending to apply to any NIHR or other open, competitive, peer reviewed health or social care funding programme in the 12 months following the masterclass.

Find out more and register



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


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