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…

NIHR i4i Challenge Award for preventative osteoporosis treatment

The University of Nottingham will undertake a study to develop injectable stem cell-carrying materials to treat and prevent fractures caused by osteoporosis and other bone-thinning diseases after securing i4i Challenge Award funding. Link: NIHR i4i Challenge Award for preventative osteoporosis treatment Source:…

Online intervention helps sustain weight loss

HTA-funded research just published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology has found that an online behavioural counselling tool is effective at helping people lose weight. Link: Online intervention helps sustain weight loss Source: NIHR

Flu vaccine may reduce risk of death for people with type 2 diabetes

The flu vaccine may reduce likelihood of hospitalisation with stroke and heart failure for people with type 2 diabetes. Link: Flu vaccine may reduce risk of death for people with type 2 diabetes Source: NIHR

The Leadership Programme for NIHR trainees is now open

Applications are now open to the trainee stream of the NIHR Leadership Programme. Link: The Leadership Programme for NIHR trainees is now open Source: NIHR

Finding the best treatment for prostate cancer

A NIHR HTA-funded trial testing the effectiveness of different treatments on the symptoms of an advanced form of prostate cancer has found that one treatment had a significant impact on the painful complications of the disease. Link: Finding the best treatment for…

Behavioural Activation as effective as CBT for depression, at lower cost

A simple and inexpensive therapy is equally as effective at treating depression as the “gold standard” of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a largescale, NIHR-funded study has concluded. Link: Behavioural Activation as effective as CBT for depression, at lower cost Source: NIHR

Updated focus for EME

For more than five years the EME Programme has provided funding for translational research evaluating new or repurposed interventions. Link: Updated focus for EME Source: NIHR