Using the Service
Using the RDS usually begins with sending an email to, or telephoning, the point of contact at one of the RDS offices:
Durham hub enquiries:
Rachel Pears (email@example.com), phone 0191 334 0826
Newcastle hub enquiries:
Alexandra Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) phone 0191 222 7567
It will help us to help you, if you can send us a summary of your proposed research, in the form of a draft protocol or outline.
Your enquiry will be discussed at a weekly team meeting, one or more members of staff will be assigned to your enquiry, and we will arrange a time for you to meet us. These meetings normally occur in the Wolfson Research Institute unless there are extenuating circumstances. At times of heavy demand we prioritize our work and some advice may be given by telephone or email.
Be aware that most researchers take at least three months to develop an adequate proposal with a reasonable chance of funding success. Funding bodies provide closing dates for applications on their websites. Seldom can a decent proposal be generated in the space of a few weeks and we will advise waiting until a future deadline rather than rushing your proposal. For example, for applicants to the Research for Public Benefit (RfPB) funding stream it helps realistically if enquiries begin three months before the submission deadline, which occurs three times a year.
Here are few generic issues that may be useful for you to consider before you visit the RDS, although we can provide further advice.
- Have you completed background work in the form of a review which clearly demonstrates the need for the research you want to undertake?
- How important are the potential findings of your research to the funding body, and NHS?
- Have you discussed your research ideas with the users of your research (for example, patients or doctors)? NIHR funding streams look for patient and public involvement.
- What skills and experience do you need to demonstrate within your research team to make your proposed research look credible to a funding body?