Thursday, November 18, 2010

RDFunding Network

RDFunding now has its own network available on Linkedin. Why not join to keep up to date with news, funding as well as discussing topics.

Department of Health - Spending Review 2010

In line with the Government’s commitment to protect health spending, overall NHS spending will increase by 0.4% in real terms over the course of the Spending Review period. This includes a 1.3% increase in the resource budget, and a 17% decrease in capital spending. The administration budget will be reduced by 33%, and reinvested to support the delivery of NHS services.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Comprehensive Spending Review

The Government announced the outcome of the Spending Review on 20 October 2010

The Department of Health, through the NIHR and the DH Policy Research Programme, will increase spending on health research in real-terms over the spending review period.

From this, additional funding will be made available so NIHR can lead the way in pulling basic scientific advances through into benefits for patients and the economy.

The Government also announced that, to complement this increase in health research funding through NIHR, the budget for the Medical Research Council will be maintained in real terms.

Finally, it was announced that the Department of Health, through NIHR, will provide £220 million of capital funding for the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI).

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Director General for R&D at the Department of Health said:“This is a great settlement. The Government has again confirmed its support for health research in the strongest way possible - by increasing the budget for NIHR above and beyond the rate of inflation for the next four years. This is an explicit recognition of the key role played by health research in driving improvements in the health of the population and in the economic growth of our country. It is also a ringing endorsement of the place that NIHR now occupies in the landscape of the UK - thanks to the hard work of all of you. Now we look forward to the challenge of pulling through basic science into benefits for patients.”

Monday, October 04, 2010

MRC Board and Panel Vacancies

The MRC are seeking to fill 44 vacancies on thier Boards and panels.

Foundation of Nursing Studies

Foundation of Nursing Studies has launched its brand-new virtual Centre for Nursing Innovation.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

News 2/9/10

* The NIHR Annual Report is available from

* The NIHR Portfolio is publicly available from the CRN CC website

* NRES Consultation on revisions of SOPs and Extranet Update:

* European Commission Consultation on Pharmacovigilance Requirements:

* Academy of Medical Sciences review second call for evidence:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

News 18/05/2010 (2)

**National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Central Commissioning Facility (CCF)**

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme

Please note that Registration of Intention to Submit is no longer required for applications from Competition 13 onwards.

Next Submission Deadline is 24th September 2010.

News 18/05/2010

New guide to help health professionals involve patients in the research process

The Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre at Guy's and St Thomas' and King's College London has launched a new guide to help researchers involve users in the research process. The guide explains how users can help at each stage of the research process, what issues to consider, and how researchers can involve users.

Monday, May 10, 2010

GMC guidance for doctors on research

GMC guidance for doctors on research

The GMC has issued two documents Good Practice in research and Consent to research describing the good practice principles that doctors are expected to understand and follow if they are involved in research. They replace the current guidance booklet, Research: the roles and responsibilities of doctors (2002). The guidance came into effect on 4 May 2010.

Questionnaire on e-health records research

Questionnaire on e-health records research

To exploit the UK's position as a world leader in health informatics, the UK Health Departments are developing infrastructures to link electronic health data for research purposes e.g. the Health Research Support Service (HRSS) being developed by the NIHR Research Capability Programme (RCP), the Welsh Secure Annonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) system and the Scottish Health Information System (SHIP).

The major UK research funders wish to realise the research opportunities offered by these infrastructure developments and are carrying out a mapping exercise that will review the current capacity in the UK e-health records research. If you're working in e-health records related research or wish to work in e-health related research, you can participate in a questionnaire that can be accessed via the link .

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

News 5/5/10

Industry Costing Programme launches new templates

Two new templates have been launched this month, alongside the Industry Costing Template, following a year of successful consultation and collaboration between Industry, the NHS and the NIHR Clinical Research Networks to deliver a costing framework for these important sectors of the health research system. The new templates are:

* Medical Technology Costing Template
* Primary Care Costing Template

News 5/5/10

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Clinical Senior Lectureship Awards

The objective of the awards is to develop high-quality capacity and secure long-term sustainability and enhanced outcomes in research and teaching at senior lecturer level.

National Institute for Health Research Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHR TCC)

CAT Clinical Lectureship Awards

The posts are intended to support postdoctoral level research training combined with the continuing development of clinical expertise. The balance of clinical and academic commitments will normally be 50:50.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

National Institute for Health Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC)

Research into Promising Innovations in Healthcare Delivery in the NHS. The Call opens on Thursday, 15th April 2010. Applicants should submit outline proposals via the SDO website by 1pm on Thursday 10th June 2010.

Trauma research in a military or civilian context. The cut-off date is 1pm on 1 July 2010.


**New RDFunding Facilities**

We now have a tailored newsletters for funding opportunities available from the National Institute for Health Research and Professional Bodies, just follow the links below and click on "Newsletter Format":

The NIHR funding opportunities

Professional Bodies

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

News 23/03/2010

** National Institute for Health Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC)**

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme

The submission deadline for consideration in the next round is Monday 12th July 2010 (before 1pm).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

NIHR RDInfo Exhibits

NIHR RDInfo will be exhibiting at the following events :

Optometry Tomorrow 2010 - York Racecourse - 18th-19th April 2010
NHS R&D Forum Annual Conference - Salford - 24th-25th May 2010

Why not come along and meet some of our team!

NIHR Research Capability Programme

** The NIHR Research Capability Programme has produced it's first Health Research Support Service newsletter, find out the latest news about this exciting new service**

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

News 09/03/2010

**National Institute for Health Research Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHR TCC)**

Integrated Academic Training - Clinical Lectureships

The 2010 NIHR Clinical Lectureship recruitment round is now open and will end on 31st March 2011

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

News 03/03/2010

**National Institute for Health Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC)**

1) Health Service Research Programme (HSR002) Call for Research Proposals

Closing date for applications is 1pm on Thursday 22nd April 2010

Further details:

2) HSR/INVOLVE joint funding call: Public involvement in research.

Closing date for outline proposals is 1pm on Thursday 6th May 2010.

Further details:

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

News 23/02/2010

The Wellcome Trust has unveiled an ambitious ten-year plan challenging researchers to find bold solutions to the most important questions facing our understanding of health and disease.

For further information visit

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

NIHR RDInfo Twitter

You can now follow NIHR RDInfo on Twitter:

Better late than never...
**National Institute for Health Research Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHR TCC)**

Clinical Academic Training Pathway - Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship.
The closing date for applications is 1pm on 27th April 2010.

**National Institute for Health Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC)**

Public Health Research (PHR) Programme - Researcher-led.
The next cut-off date to submit outline proposals is 10 May 2010 by 1pm

HTA Programme Primary Research (Outline Proposals).
Submissions for all topics must reach the HTA offices before 1pm on Thursday 1 April 2010

**Department of Health**

Health-related managed contact centre services (Invitation to tender).
Closing date for responses is 15th March 2010

**Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)**

The BBSRC has released its Strategic Plan for 2010-2015 entitled "The Age of Bioscience"

The strategic research priorities are:

- Food Security
- Bioenergy and industrial biotechnology
- Basic bioscience underpinning health

For further information and the full strategy document visit:

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Clinical Academic Training Programme for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals.
Closing date for completed applications is 1.00 pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2010

**National Institute for Health Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC)**

REF: 10_1007 Patient safety in healthcare organisations.

Applicants are asked to submit outline proposals for the above call by 1pm on Wednesday, 24th March 2010.

SDO: Responsive funding in the NIHR SDO programme.

Applicants should submit outline proposals via the SDO website by 1pm on Thursday, 18th March 2010.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

News 12/01/10

**National Institute for Health Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Co-ordinating Centre**

NIHR Cochrane - NHS Engagement Awards
Proposal submission date: 11th February 2010

**Department of Health**

Chief Medical Officer's Public Health Awards

Please register your entry by Wednesday, 24 February 2010

**Major Changes to National Institute of Health (NIH) America Applications**

All applications intended for due dates on or after 25th January 2010 will require the use of new forms and instructions

Major changes include:
- Restructured forms to align with review criteria
- Significantly shorter page limits

Further information can be found at :