Research Support

The NIHR Research Design Service provides Research Design Support to NHS and related health and social care professionals.

Details of Research Design Support

RDS EM will provide advice to NHS researchers, and others working in partnership with the NHS, within Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland, who are developing an application to a suitable funding body, including Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) and other NIHR research programmes (HTA, HS&DR) and grant schemes run by Research Councils and the Association of Medical Research Charities. 

How the RDS can help

The RDS can advise on all aspects of preparing grant applications including:

  • Focusing ideas and refining the research question
  • Building an appropriate research team
  • Involving patients and carers in all stages of the research process
  • Overall research design
  • Choice and application of research methodologies for quantitative research e.g. statistical issues, health economics and qualitative research e.g. sampling, analytical strategies
  • How to undertake systematic reviews
  • Identifying the resources required for a successful project
  • How to conduct literature searches
  • How to secure funding
  • Signposting to other research support and advice services, where appropriate.


If you would like to request support from the RDS EM you can:


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Link  to the NIHR Research Design Service East Midlands website for more information about the RDS and how to request support.