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.

Postponed-new date to be announced-

RDS West Midlands Doctoral Fellowship online event

RDS WM is running a free online event open to anyone who is applying for, or thinking about a future application to the NIHR Doctoral Fellowship programme. The event will provide a great opportunity for you to hear from the NIHR Academy about their Fellowship programmes, to hear from a previously successful applicant on how they found the application process and also how RDS WM can support you.
If you are a health or social care researcher intending to apply for an NIHR Fellowship we strongly encourage you to attend this event.

More details to follow


NIHR Public Health Research Programme Online Event

The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) is hosting a free to attend, 2-hour online event focusing on the NIHR PHR Programme.

12th May at 10.00-12.00

What will be covered:

• The NIHR PHR Programme

• Overview of funding streams (commissioned calls, researcher-led)

• What makes a good PHR application

• What do the PHR Prioritisation Committee and Funding Committee (Stage 1 &2) like to see in an application

• NIHR RDS and PHRADA support for PHR applications

• Writing tips, interpreting and responding to common committee feedback

• PPI for Public Health Research

• Applicant perspectives of applying to the PHR Programme


Who should attend:

This is a national event open to anyone with a good idea to develop high-quality research, including public health professionals, practitioners, researchers and academics based at universities, local authorities and other organisations who are interested in applying to the NIHR Public Health Research Programme.

The event is being hosted by RDS West Midlands, please direct any queries to

Register here



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


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