Research Design service_activity capture event

Activity Capture and Attribution Template (ACAT) information events June and July 2014

A new tool and service designed to help researchers and funders identify and attribute the activities in research studies, ACAT is being piloted by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) in partnership with Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).

The Research Design Service (RDS) is hosting events around the country during June and July – these two hour events will offer an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of these changes, and are open to RDS, Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), NHS and Higher Education Institution (HEI) R&D finance staff.

Registration to this event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Please view the flyer here for further details and to register

Fellowship Event_Research Design Service Yorkshire and the Humber

RDS Fellowship Event Tuesday 3 June 2014 12.00 to 16.30

This half day event will offer an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of Fellowship schemes. Registration to this event is FREE and lunch will be provided.

The event is open to all who are interested in applying for either the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) or Medical Research Council (MRC) Fellowship schemes, including methodologists, healthcare scientists, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, clinicians, doctors and dentists. The event is organised by the NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and Humber (RDS YH) and will provide an overview of the programmes and offer insight into what makes a good application. If you intend to apply for a fellowship in the future or would just like to know more about Fellowships then this will be an ideal opportunity.

The event will include:

An overview of NIHR and MRC Fellowship Awards
o Dr James Fenton, NIHR fellowships
o Prof Kate Gerrish, NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships
o Prof Stephen Walters, MRC fellowships

Presentations from current and past personal research awards
o Dr Mark Strong (doctorial and post doctorial experience)
o Mark Jayes (doctorial experience)

Top tips for applicants from NIHR and MRC panel members.

To reserve your place please book here:

Venue: Lecture room 2, Medical School, The University of Sheffield Beech Hill Road, Sheffield, S10 2RX
Time: 12.00 to 16.30.
Map & Visitor Information:
The Medical school is on grid ref: (C5, 88)

For further information please contact Samaira Khan on 0114 222 0777 or e-mail

Vacancy: NIHR Infrastructure RDS National Business Manager

RDS National Business Manager: The role will support strategic development and delivery of the RDS alongside the RDS Strategy Group. The role requires a broad understanding of the health research field, complex project management skills and the ability to work collaboratively with senior level academics and research specialists. The post is for 2 years, closing date for applications 11 April. 

Developing a portfolio of high quality research projects has become a priority for health and the basis of new collaborations between clinicians, practitioners and academics. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds a Research Design Service (RDS) offering support across England, providing design and methodological support to health researchers who are developing funding applications. The RDS supports research teams to develop and submit high quality applied health and social care grant applications to NIHR and other national peer-reviewed funding programmes.

You will be expected to support strategic development and delivery of the Research Design Service alongside the Research Design Service Strategy Group (RDSSG). RDSSG is a formal group comprising the 10 regional RDS Directors and reporting directly to Department of Health and NIHR. The group collaborate to deliver a national RDS.

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Best wishes

Dr Wendy Baird

Director National Institute for Health Research [NIHR] Research Design Service [RDS] for Yorkshire and the Humber