Research Design Service: West Midlands

In this week’s newsletter:

Latest NIHR funding calls
Funding calls from other bodies
News, info. and updates
NIHR and RDS News



Latest NIHR Funding Calls

NIHR: Delivering a Sustainable Health and Care System

The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services.

The NIHR have issued a cross-programme call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services to support the delivery of a more sustainable UK health and care system, including mitigating the effects of climate change on health and care delivery. For the purposes of this call, the term ‘sustainability’ is defined as climate sustainability as opposed to financial, political, cultural or environmental sustainability.

This call is a key component of the NIHR response in recognition of the need for further research based evidence related to the provision of more sustainable health, public health and social care services and processes and to support the UK’s ambition to deliver a ‘net zero’ NHS and meet the goals of the COP26. The expectation is that research funded through this call leads to the development of practical, real-world solutions with demonstrable impact in the short, medium and longer term. The NIHR is also particularly interested in the differential impact on inequalities that result from decreasing carbon emissions specifically ensuring that reductions in carbon emissions reduce, and do not increase, health inequalities. The HSDR Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity.

Deadline for proposals: 16 November 2022
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NIHR Policy Research Programme: Policy Research Units

The NIHR funds policy research to enable evidence informed policy making in health and social care. The Government is committed to enhancing the contribution of research and evaluation to health and social care. The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) invites applications for NIHR Policy Research Units (PRUs) to run from January 2024-December 2028.

Deadline for proposals: 11 October 2022
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NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme: Future research topics

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme funds research about the clinical and cost-effectiveness, and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests, for those who plan, provide or receive care from NHS, and social care services.

The HTA Programme is considering the following topics for future commissioned research:

The likely advert date for these topics, if prioritised, is 1 December 2022. However, please note this is an indicative date, which may change.


NIHR Funding deadlines calendar

For an overview of the year’s NIHR calls and ongoing opportunities, please view the online calendar:


Funding Calls From Other Bodies

Movember: Global Collaborative Program to Develop a Personalised, Dynamic, Risk-Adapted Approach to Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer

Movember is pleased to invite expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified and experienced research teams to participate in a new, global, collaboratively designed program in active surveillance (AS) for prostate cancer. The aim of this program is to accelerate the development of a personalised, dynamic
, risk-adapted approach to AS, to reduce unnecessary tests and treatments in men with low and some intermediate risk prostate cancer.

Deadline for proposals: 25 September 2022
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Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust: Award for Biomedical Research

Over the past 22 years the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust has supported world-leading translational research projects through the Sir Jules Thorn Award. The Award provides a grant of up to £1.7 million to support a five-year programme of translational biomedical research selected following a competition among applicants sponsored by the UK’s leading medical schools and NHS organisations. UK medical schools and NHS organisations are normally able to submit one application annually, selected following an internal competition. Full details of the programme are given in the guidance notes.

The research must have a justifiable claim to be at the leading edge of international science and must be led by a clearly identified Principal Applicant of outstanding quality in the early years of an established research and academic career.

Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2022
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Cancer Research UK: Multidisciplinary Project Award

This scheme supports collaborations between cancer researchers and scientists from engineering/physical science disciplines. The aim of these awards is to generate creative research ideas and explore their applicability in cancer research. These awards are awarded jointly between Principal Investigators (PI) from engineering/physical science disciplines, and PIs who are working in cancer research. With a primary focus on multidisciplinary research, the research themes within remit for this award include:

  • The direct application of physics, engineering, chemical or mathematical concepts to address the underlying physical processes of cancer, including tumour initiation, growth and metastasis.
  • The development of new transformational approaches or the translation of technologies for direct applications in, or a clear path to, a direct application in the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer. Proposals for the first applications of technologies in cancer research and those which demonstrate potential clinical applicability are encouraged.

Deadline for proposals: 10 January 2023
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News, info. and updates

Department of Health and Social Care: Views being sought to tackle inequality in medical devices

The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a call for evidence to discover if and how medical devices and technologies may be exacerbating inequalities in healthcare. Contributions will inform an independent review into potential bias in all types of medical devices and the impact on patients from different socio-demographic groups. Academics, researchers, health professionals, engineers and device developers are invited to contribute.

Find out more here


NIHR and RDS News

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) seminar

What: The seminar will be hosted by the NIHR Research Design Service and will provide a great opportunity to hear from members of the RfPB programme team and funding panel, as well as from successful applicants. There will also be information about the RDS and the support available for people who are applying to the programme.

The seminar will cover:

  • An overview of the RfPB programme
  • What the funding panel look for in an application
  • Experience of previous successful applicant(s)
  • Including Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in your application
  • Including Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in your application
  • How the NIHR RDS can support applicants

When: 12:00-14:00 on 1 September 2022
Where: Online
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NIHR Incubator for Clinical Education Research: Routes to Impact – What do we mean by impact?

What: This event is part of a hybrid program of interactive webinars, workshops and a face-to-face event, which aim to demystify, explain, explore and inspire those with a passion for clinical education research. In this session, Professor Catherine Exley (Dean of Newcastle University Population Health Sciences Institute) and Dr Nicola Brennan (Senior Research Fellow, University of Plymouth) look at what we really mean by research impact.

When: 18:00-19:00 on 14 September 2022
Where: Online
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Q-MIR Symposium 2022: Qualitative methods in implementation research

What: The NIHR ARC North Thames (ARC NT) Academy is hosting an event to explore theory-informed qualitative research in implementation research. Q-MIR 2022 will bring together internationally acknowledged speakers to explore the ways that qualitative methods make possible discovery research around implementation processes. The meeting has two main objectives: (a) to explore the role of qualitative research in building knowledge about evidence translation and implementation science, and (b) to explore how Normalization Process Theory, and other theoretical frameworks, can inform qualitative research on implementation.

Q-MIR 2022 mobilises the best mix of hybrid delivery. On 2 November our plenary speakers will give their talks as a webinar, open to all, and with discussants drawn from ARC NT and ARC NENC. On 10 and 11 November we’ll offer in-person talks and workshops at a venue in Central London.
When: 2 November (online) and 10-11 (in person, Bloomsbury, Central London)

Find out more here


Support and training available from the Clinical Research Network West Midlands

Support and advice is available from the CRN WM Study Support Service Team for any study that is potentially eligible or applying for CRN Support. This includes providing cost attribution advice to support researchers in completing their grant applications and authorising the Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Tool (SoECAT), navigating the approvals process, accessing training provided by the Network, identifying and supporting the management of excess treatment costs, and can highlight further support within the Network to support study set up and delivery to time and target. Once open to recruitment, we will stay in contact and continue to support optimisation of recruitment to your study.

Training available from the CRN WM Study Support Service Team ranges from basic Cost Attribution, SoECATs, IRAS/ HRA process, Amendments, Research Passports (HR Good Practice), Capacity and Capability and the use of EDGE for study set up and management. If you are interested in any of these or a tailored training session to suit your needs then please contact us to discuss.