The NIHR Research Design Service for the West Midlands - Birmingham


NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

Director's Messages

Guidance Documents



Funding opportunities for research and career development

The National Institute for Health Research has published a leaflet providing comprehensive information about funding and career development opportunities available to research professionals in England.

Getting Funding via the EME programme

The (EME) Programme was launched with an ultimate view to improving health and patient care. Instant answers are rarely produced in research but the EME Programme aims to bridge the gap in translation from early to later phase clinical trials producing scientific evidence that helps change practice. To read more about their programme remit, commissioned and researcher-led workstreams, application processes and current funding opportunities please click here.


Research proposals are sought on the following two topics:  Primary Research; Evidence Synthesis.  Deadline: 1 pm, 2 July 2012


NIHR Commissioned Workstream: Retinal Diseases; Diagnosis or Assessment of Infection.  Deadline: 1 pm, 18 June 2012


Researcher-led Workstream.  Deadline: 1 pm, 17 July 2012

Philip-Poole Wilson Seed Corn Fund

If you are a healthcare professional involved in research or a university based researcher with an interest in health or social care with an idea for new research, you can apply for a grant.

NIHR Funding Calendar [PDF]

The calendar  (© Russell Holloway, Knowledge Manager, RDS South West) contains details of the new Surgery Themed Call for all the participating funding streams, as well as details of new calls such as the i4i Challenge Awards.

Sir Henry Dale Fellowships - Wellcome Trust

For outstanding postdoctoral scientists wishing to build their own UK-based independent research career addressing an important biomedical question.

Early Career Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowships - Wellcome TrustA portfolio of opportunities for talented clinicians wishing to undertake a period of postdoctoral training in the best research environments in the UK and overseas.
 Major Funders Calendar 2012/2012.pdf

Major funders project and programme calendar 2012/2013

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme:

Regionally commissioned quantitative and/or qualitative NHS research arising from daily practice to contribute to service improvements and, most importantly, patient benefits

National Institute for Health Research Central Commissioning Facility (NIHR CCF):

Primary source of information for NHS clinicians and related health researchers seeking NIHR and DH funding. Details funding opportunities, guidance documents for NIHR funding streams, and a searchable database of projects already funded or commissioned

NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research:

Funding for proposals comprising a series of related projects forming a coherent theme in an area of priority or need for the NHS

NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre  (NIHR TCC):

Research training and fellowship awards information for researchers undertaking people and/or patient focused research relevant to the NHS

NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Co-ordination Centre (NETSCC):

Gateway to information about several funding programmes administered through the NIHR and other bodies: HTA; EME; PHR; SDO and HSR programmes (see below)

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme:

Funds research focusing on the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests, including clinical evaluation and trials

Efficiency and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme:

Supports 'science driven' studies with potential to lead to substantial health gain, particularly Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) and studies evaluating the clinical efficacy of interventions, and the development and testing of new methodologies

Public Health Research (PHR) Programme

Supports research focusing on the evaluation of public health interventions; costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions designed to reduce health inequalities and improve the health of the public

Health Services Research (HSR) Programme:

Research focusing primarily on research and evidence synthesis relating to patient safety; applied methodology research; measuring quality improvement, and knowledge exchange and transfer within organisations

Service Delivery and Organisation (SDO) Programme:

Supports research focusing on the organisation and delivery or healthcare for NHS commissioners, healthcare providers and partner organisations (e.g. local authorities and the voluntary sector), and healthcare service users

Medical Research Council (MRC):

Funds medical and healthcare-related research through a range of grants, calls, studentships and fellowships

Cancer Research UK (CRUK):

Supports funding for clinical trials, translational research and project/programme grants


Searchable database of health-related research funding bodies and current calls for proposals




Department of Health:

Health and social care policy, guidance and publications for NHS and social care professionals

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Portal:

Gateway to news and information about the NIHR; links to services and websites of interest to researchers, and calls for research proposals

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Carbon Reduction Guidelines

A framework for health researchers which identifies areas where sensible research design can reduce waste without adversely impacting on the validity and reliability of research.   



DIRUM Database

DIRUM is an on-line, open access database of instruments for resource use management, for use in economic and other cost studies.

National Institutes of Health (USA)

20 interactive chapters with authoritative answers to methodological questions on behavioral and social science research.  With contributions from a team of international experts, this anthology provides the latest information on addressing emerging challenges in public health.

ARIF (Agressive Research Intelligence Facility

The core activity of ARIF is the provision of an "on demand" information service for health care decision makers in the West Midlands.  This is achieved by providing timely access to, interpretation of and advice on the application of research evidence, principally from existing systematic reviews of the effects and effectiveness of health care interventions

Equator Network

The Equator Network is an international initiative that works to improve the reliability and value of medical research literature by promoting accurate and transparent reporting of health research studies. 

Medical Research Council

Complex Interventions Guidance 

National Library for Health (NLH):

Access to publications and resources, research guidance, specialist research libraries and healthcare databases

UK Cochrane Collaboration:

Information on systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and clinical trials; includes searchable Cochrane database of systematic reviews already undertaken

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD):

Guidance and resources for researchers undertaking systematic reviews and evidence synthesis work in healthcare. Contains several searchable databases: Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE); NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED), and Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA).

Birmingham Clinical Research Academy

The BCRA aims to seamlessly translate research from the laboratory bench to patient bedside, to help save and prolong lives. The Academy will focus on bringing significant clinical trials and research studies to Birmingham.

Society of Research in Rehabilitation

The Society of Research in Rehabilitation (SRR) is the major multidisciplinary rehabilitation research society in the UK. Its aim is to advance education and research into all aspects of the rehabilitation of people with disability and to disseminate the useful results of such research for the public benefit. They are available at and are also on Facebook!/SRRUK. If you would like to join their mailing list about upcoming meetings please contact

Local Speciality Groups

Local Specialty Groups bring together researchers to provide a local focus for activity in that disease area.



NIHR i4i Life Sciences Accelerator

The i4i Life Sciences Accelerator programm has been developed by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and experienced medtech industry experts to help researchers who are applying for funding to improve their chances of success.

Dates for this year's sessions have now been announced. Two sessions will be held in 2012 - each programme will be held in two parts as follows:

 *   the first from the evening of Monday 11 June to Wednesday 13 June and from Monday 16 July to Tuesday 17 July

 *   the second from the evening of Tuesday 16 October to Thursday 18 October and from Monday 12 November to Tuesday 13 November


Searchable database of information on health-related courses, conferences, workshops, and training opportunities across the UK




National advisory group to support and promote active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research


Improving Access to Psychological Therapies



Integrated Research Application System (IRAS):

Online system for applying for permission and ethical approvals for healthcare, social care, or community care research in the UK

NHS R&D Forum:

Information on applying for Research and Development (R&D) approval for research to be undertaken in NHS settings or involving NHS patients or staff