NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) monthly e-newsletter @OfficialNIHR

Growth through health research

A new publication has been produced that illustrates the ways the NIHR is contributing to economic growth. These include creating an internationally competitive research environment, enabling collaborations and partnerships with the life sciences industry, developing a highly-skilled research workforce and generating research evidence that helps keep the population healthy and able to work, and which supports the NHS in making better, more cost-effective use of resources.

The publication accompanied an NIHR event on 5 March hosted by George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences, and the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally C Davies, which brought together leaders from across the life sciences industry, charities, academia and the NHS.

@OfficialNIHR reaches 20k followers milestone

We’re delighted to announce that @OfficialNIHR has reached a Twitter following of 20,000 people/organisations.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all of NIHR’s followers for reading and sharing our posts.

This important milestone assures us that through @OfficialNIHR, NIHR news stories, announcements and opportunities are reaching a large and relevant audience, helping us to engage and influence far and wide, and supporting our mission to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

To mark our 20k follower milestone, we’ve collated a few interesting stats about the NIHR Twitter feed.

Follow us at https://twitter.com/officialnihr 

NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) project news

An NIHR i4i-funded project hits the headlines.Dr Stephen Hicks has been praised as one of the most promising inventors based in UK universities. His smart glasses, which were initially funded through the NIHR, are due to be on the market as early as the end of this year. Read more.

NIHR Multimorbidities in Older People themed call now open

The NIHR welcomes applications for research into the evaluation of interventions or services delivered for older people with multimorbidities (defined as the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions in one person).

This call is an NIHR initiative in recognition of the need for further research-based evidence to support the delivery of best care to people with multimorbidities and to enable them to maintain their capabilities and quality of life.

Find out more and apply now.

Public involvement in the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme
In this short video, Richard Stephens talks about his experience of sitting on the Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Regional Advisory Committee for East of England, as a public member. Funding opportunitiesNow open:
RfPB Competition 27
Deadline: 1pm on 20 May 2015Opening soon:

i4i Product Development Awards and Challenge Awards
Opens at 9am on 25 March 2015 

Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Competition 19
Opens at 9am on 2 June 2015 

Programme Development Grants (PDG) Competition 14
Opens at 9am on 9 June 2015

Applications for the NIHR Multimorbidities themed call are welcome through the above calls and competitions.The NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre’s (NETSCC’s) calls and competition open dates and deadlines can be viewed on their website.The NIHR Career Development Opportunities page provides information on NIHR funding for research training.

Around the NIHR

Latest news
Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme is now open. 
The ICA programme replaces the previous Clinical Academic Training (CAT) and Healthcare Science Research Fellowships programmes. It is open to an even wider group of non-medical/dental healthcare professionals who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and clinical development. The ICA Programme is managed by the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre.

Blogs and newsletters
– Read the latest blog from the NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands.

– The February edition of the NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands associate briefing is available to read here.

– The February news update from the NIHR School for Primary Care Research is now out.

Don’t forget!

NIHR Research Design Service (RDS)
Free design and methodological support to health researchers Find out more.

NIHR new media competition  Round five Now open
Deadline for entries: 31 March 2015
Find out more.

i4i Accelerator Designed to help researchers maximise their chances of success when applying for funding.
More info.

INVOLVE/HRA report published
This is the second report of a joint INVOLVE and Health Research Authority (HRA) project to provide baseline data on public involvement in applications to the National Research Ethics Service (NRES). The recommendations in the report focus on how Research Ethics Committees and funders can raise researchers’ awareness of the importance of public involvement in their research as well as help to improve their understanding of public involvement and how it differs from engagement.

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