NIHR Research Design Service for the East Midlands
National Institute for Health Research Research Design Service (NIHR RDS) supports researchers to design and develop high quality research proposals for submission to national peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health and social care research. This is a free national service throughout Engalnd which is locally delivered. In the East Midlands the RDS EM provides a range of expert advice to help local researchers.
The NIHR RDS EM has its main bases in Leicester and Nottingham with other associated staff located in Northampton, Derby and Lincoln. There is a wide skill-mix of staff including statisticians, qualitative researchers, epidemiologists, health economists and information specialists. RDS staff are research active and have considerable expertise in developing and designing high quality research proposals.
In addition, the RDS maintains strong links with NHS, social care organizations and NIHR Biomedical Research Units across the East Midlands.
To provide an accessible and responsive service to researchers across the East Midlands offering expert methodological advice in order to significantly increase the number of high quality applications for funding to undertake applied people-focused health and social care research.
To provide an effective support service to researchers throughout the East Midlands for the preparation of proposals for submission to national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research;
To provide a comprehensive range of expertise in research design, including in clinical trials, epidemiological studies, qualitative and social research, systematic reviews and economic evaluations;
To raise awareness of research funding priorities, opportunities and requirements, particularly those relating to NIHR research funding programmes;
To support appropriate and meaningful patient and public involvement (PPI), particularly in research design;
To foster collaborations between health, social care and academic researchers as well as users of health and social care services, the public and other relevant partners;
To ensure a high quality service through monitoring and review of activities and outcomes;
To support the development of research design skills, including through educational activities where appropriate;
To signpost researchers to other sources of research support outside the RDS.
Researchers within the Unit have extensive collaborations with research groups in health trusts and academic institutions across the East Midlands, including in cardiovascular medicine and diabetes, ageing and stroke, elderly care, renal transplantation and adult psychiatry.
The current value of the University of Leicester RDS contract is approximately £580,000 per year.