Research by design

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds the Research Design Service (RDS) to provide design and methodological support to health and social care researchers across England to develop grant applications to the NIHR and other national peer-reviewed funding programmes. RDS advisers in bases across England offer a unique breadth of experience and a proven track record in improving research applications. Advice is confidential and free of charge.

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Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR): Information Events

We are running a series of information events which offer an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funding stream. Registration to these events will be FREE and refreshments will be provided. Professor Paul…

Baby’s genes influence birth weight and disease later in life

Research published in Nature reveals how genetic differences influence birth weight and provide an important link to early growth and chances of developing conditions such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes later in life. Link: Baby’s genes influence birth weight and…

Babies' genes influence birth weight and disease later in life

Research published in Nature reveals how genetic differences influence birth weight and provide an important link to early growth and chances of developing conditions such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes later in life. Link: Babies' genes influence birth weight and…

Blood pressure drug may boost effectiveness of lung cancer treatment

Early stage research supported by the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre has shown that a blood pressure drug may boost the effectiveness of the lung cancer treatment erlotinib. Link: Blood pressure drug may boost effectiveness of lung cancer treatment Source: NIHR

Researchers find gut bacteria and obesity link

An international collaborative study, supported by the NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre and Clinical Research Facility, has found gut bacteria could influence levels of abdominal fat. Link: Researchers find gut bacteria and obesity link Source: NIHR

Do financial incentives encourage patients with psychotic disorders to take their medication?

A new study has found that offering patients financial incentives to take their antipsychotic medication is effective. When the incentives stop, there is no continued benefit but no long term negative effect either. Link: Do financial incentives encourage patients with psychotic disorders…

Study aims to find treatment for incurable lung condition

A study into Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) – a currently incurable but increasingly common condition – has recruited its one-hundredth participant. Link: Study aims to find treatment for incurable lung condition Source: NIHR

Feeding babies egg and peanut may reduce food allergy risk

A study supported by the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre has found that feeding babies egg and peanut may reduce their risk of developing a food allergy. Link: Feeding babies egg and peanut may reduce food allergy risk Source: NIHR