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Research Design Service

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The Research Design Service South Central (RDS SC) is part of a nationwide network of NIHR services providing researchers with free advice and support when develop grant applications to NIHR and other non-commercial national peer-reviewed funding programmes.

RDS South Central covers Portsmouth, Southampton and Oxford and staff working for RDS SC are all experienced health service researchers with track records in obtaining research funding and conducting research studies. The local RDS SC team has offices at both Queen Alexandra Hospital and University of Portsmouth.

We can advise on all aspects of preparing grant applications, such as:


  • Formulating focused research questions

  • Building an appropriate team

  • Involving patients and carers

  • Designing a study

  • Appropriate methodologies for quantitative research,eg. statistical issues, health economics

  • Appropriate methodologies for qualitative research,eg. sampling, analytical strategies

  • Identifying suitable funding sources

  • Regulatory issues

  • Writing lay summaries

  • Identifying the resources required for a successful project

Advice and support may involve a mixture of face-to-face, telephone and email contact. 

We also run training events on grant writing, fellowship applications, applying for specific NIHR funding streams etc

Visit www.rds-sc.nihr.ac.uk for further information and to request RDS support or email us to discuss your research idea rds-sc@port.ac.uk


NIHR RDS South West and South Central Residential Grant Writing Retreat 

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Last updated - 02 February 2017
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