Regional NIHR Research Design Service awarded new contract, extending support to researchers as the NIHR RDS North East and North Cumbria.
(9 May 2018)
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding to further develop and extend support to researchers across the North East and North Cumbria has been awarded; from October the NIHR RDS North East will become the NIHR Research Design Service North East and North Cumbria (RDS NENC).
Led by Professor Helen Hancock, the RDS NENC is one of 10 regional RDSs across England, who support researchers to develop and design high quality research proposals for submission to NIHR funding programmes and other national open peer reviewed funding competitions for health and social care research.
The RDS NENC brings partnerships between Newcastle, Northumbria, Teesside, Durham and Cumbria Universities, South Tees Hospitals and Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trusts, Newcastle City Council, the NIHR Clinical Research Network NENC and other key NIHR Infrastructure across the region and nationally.
Renewed funding, for five years from 1 October 2018, will allow enhancement of RDS provision; advice is free and draws upon a unique breadth of experience and a proven track record in improving funding applications.
Prof Hancock said: I am delighted; our working together will bring new opportunities for researchers across the region as we capitalise on strengths within each of the partner organisations. Together we bring extensive expertise including in acute care, mental health, public health and social care research.
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