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.

Latest news

Using MRI scans prior to prostate biopsies can help around a quarter of men avoid biopsy

A trial funded by the NIHR HTA programme has shown that over a quarter of men with a clinical suspicion of prostate cancer could avoid a transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) guided…

Latest podcast talks about clinical research culture

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) has today released its sixth podcast as part of a series of monthly audio bites to inform about the…

New Brittle bone trial seeks to reduce risk of fractures

People with a rare bone condition that can cause them to have hundreds of fractures during a lifetime are being invited to trial a potential treatment. Link: New Brittle bone…

Blood test predicts outcome for Ebola patients

Researchers have identified a ‘molecular barcode’ in the blood of patients with Ebola virus that can predict whether they are likely to survive or die from the infection. Link: Blood…

Exciting research future on the horizon as Eastern leaders forge new partnership

As the region readied itself for the festive season, a very special meeting was taking place in the hallowed halls at the University of Cambridge. Link: Exciting research future on…

NIHR Global Health Research – expert reviewers needed

NIHR are seeking experts in any areas of global health research to peer-review applications for NIHR Global Health Research funding. Reviewers are needed to review in early February 2017. Link:…

New principles and obligations document sets out best practice for clinical academic training

The NIHR has worked with the Wellcome Trust and other funders to create new guidance for UK institutions and clinical trainees in receipt of nationally competitive funding for clinical academic…