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.

RDS Social Care Research Residential Grant Development and Writing Retreat

The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) is offering a unique opportunity for research teams across England to attend a three-day residential Grant Development and Writing Retreat in March 2023. The purpose of the Retreat is to give busy professionals dedicated time to rapidly progress their social care research proposal to be submitted to an NIHR programme for social care, such as the Research for Social Care (RfSC) or the Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) programme (not including NIHR personal awards or schemes such as LA SPARC.)

The retreat will be held 15 to 17 March 2023 at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal.

The Retreat will provide a supportive environment for teams of two or three people, to develop high quality social care research proposals.

Those attending the Retreat will have access to a range of RDS advisers and protected time to work intensively on their proposals. Continued support from the RDS will be essential in preparing your application for submission to an NIHR programme for social care research, such as the RfSC or HSDR.

It is encouraged but not essential, for attendance at the Retreat, that a member of the wider research team is a social care professional employed in England.

This year we welcome research teams who are working in the field of Child and Adolescent Health and social care research. Successful applicants will be offered a free place at the retreat which will include food and accommodation and an evening welcome dinner on the 14 March*.

More details on the retreat can be found here

The deadline for receipt of application forms is 16 December 2022

Save the Date! 25th January 2023, 10.00-12.30 (Online)

The West Midlands Social Care Research Partnership and School for Social Care Research


Join The West Midlands Social Care Research Partnership and School for Social Care Research to discuss how research can help improve social care practice.

Hear from the Kings Fund, and share ideas about what research means for social care practitioners and what the research community can learn from social workers and social care staff.

Registration details to follow soon




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


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