The Research Design Service
(RDS) is a key component of the strategy to make the NHS research intensive and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research
(NIHR). The RDS provides free design and methodological support to health researchers who are developing research funding applications. RDS supports research teams to develop and submit high quality applied health and social care grant applications to NIHR and other open, national, peer-reviewed funding programmes. The focus of the service is to improve the quality of research proposals, so that they are more likely to attract funding. The service is delivered across England by region
RDS London is a collaborative project, led by King’s College London, in partnership with Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London and University College London.
There are teams of experts
at each of these Universities who use their wealth of experience in public health, health service and social care research to provide practical support in developing research proposals. Working alongside existing NIHR networks, RDS London provides advice and guidance to both clinicians and academics preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions.
RDS London can advise
on all aspects of designing a research study and can support anyone from first-time funding applicants to experienced researchers. Additionally, the service can help identify suitable sources of funding for projects and foster collaborative links with established research groups in the capital.
RDS London provides rapid responses to requests for assistance and the service is easily accessed through an online support request form, drop in services and more – see ‘How can we help?
’. Researchers can contact RDS London at any stage in the development of their proposal, but the service is able to offer the greatest assistance when RDS London is involved at an early stage.