RDS East Midlands Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Workshop


If so, you will know that most research funders require that people potentially affected by the conduct or the findings of research have a say in its design and delivery. Achieving this can present challenges and so the Research Design Service for the East Midlands is offering a number of workshops for those who are actively working on a research bid and want to enhance patient and public involvement (PPI).


The PPI workshops are designed to help researchers to plan meaningful and appropriate PPI in their research proposals in order to improve the overall quality of a bid. They will give researchers an opportunity to consider PPI during bid development and beyond, helping researchers capture this within their applications. The session will include a combination of information giving and group discussion. Each session will last three hours and will have a maximum attendance of ten people.


1.To learn how the Research Design Service for the East Midlands can support your bid development

2.To learn about the difficulties associated with demonstrating impact of PPI in your research

3.To explore how to incorporate appropriate and meaningful PPI in designing, conducting and disseminating your research

4.To learn about research governance procedures and PPI

5.To relate new knowledge about PPI to the requirements of the funding stream

6.To consider the practicalities and challenges of PPI in your research

The RDS will be visiting the University of LInoln on the 11th July for their next workshop (2-5pm) To book your place on the workshop and gain invaluable advice on your proposal please contact Karen Taylor.

Designing Applied Health Research From Idea to Bid Proposal

2 Day Learning Event, January 28th and 29th 2013!

This learning event is designed to help in the preparation of applications to the National Institute for Health Research or other research funding body. There will be advice given on the importance of literature reviews, quantitative designs, qualitative methods and health economics, the role of your local Research Design Service, other sources of support,
funding streams and building a suitable research team. This event is principally aimed at researchers and clinicians who have experience of research but have not previously been principal investigators. Each applicant is asked to submit a research idea which they would like to develop into a proposal, and these will be used in the workshop sessions.

This learning event is free of charge to NHS, social care and voluntary sector researchers and their academic partners. Numbers are limited and applicants will be informed at the beginning of January if they have a place on the course.

Further details and booking arrangements are available on the RDS EM website: www.rds-eastmidlands.nihr.ac.uk or contact Claire Burchnall on 0116 2523276 or email: cb269@le.ac.uk

NIHR Fellowships Seminar – Friday 23rd November, 2012

Round 6 of the NIHR Fellowships Programme has now launched which includes Doctoral, Post-Doctoral, Career Development and Senior Research Fellowships.

Full details are available on the website.


If you have been preparing an application or thinking about applying, and would be interested in knowing more about the Fellowships Awards the NIHR Research Design Service for the East Midlands have arranged a seminar, to share our knowledge and experience of these awards and to answer your questions.

This will take place on:

Friday 23rd of November, 2.00-4.00pm


Board room (Room S/C 2303)
Nottingham Health Science Partners

C Floor South Block

Queen’s Medical Centre


Please note that for this round, the NIHR Fellowships Programme is participating in the upcoming NIHR Primary Care Interventions Themed Call and would particularly welcome applications for research on the evaluation of health care interventions or services delivered in primary care settings. The NIHR also particularly welcomes applications that focus on population-based research.

There is also a NEW fellowship launched:

The Transitional Research Fellowship – offers between 18 and 24 months funding to undertake focussed training and development in order to develop specific skills that will enable a transition from basic research into clinical research or from clinical research into translational research. This award should enable successful applicants to better access wider NIHR funding opportunities in the future.

This seminar is in advance of the deadline for applications on 16th January 2013.

If you would like to come along please e-mail Karen Taylor on:


Respond by Friday 16th of November at the latest.  Places will be limited.

Research Design Service Funding Seminars

The Research Design Service for the East Midlands is holding a series of seminars to provide some insights into popular funding streams.

They will be coming to Lincoln on the 9th November and the programme includes an overview of the NIHR and Partner Funding Opportunities including:

  • Programme Grants
  • Fellowships
  • Charity Funding
  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
  • Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)
  • Public Health Research (PHR)
  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme (EME)
  • Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

The event is free to attend however you will need to register due to catering requirements. To register a place please contact Elaine Ellard, Administrator for The NIHR Research Design Service for the East Midlands on elaine.ellard@nottingham.ac.uk