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 –

If you are conducting a research project for which you received funding from an open, national, peer-reviewed funding scheme and are currently experiencing problems - e.g. due to COVID 19 and the impact lockdown has had on many studies - the RDS can assist you with problems you may be having relating to issues of research design. We can provide assistance whether or not you had RDS support when submitting your study for funding. Do feel free to contact us, either to your local hub or by sending a general support request via our website

Please note, however, that if you need advice that is not to do with research design – e.g. relating to research governance, funding, and logistical issues – this is probably best sought elsewhere, e.g. a Research and Development Department in your organization or the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN).


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