How we can help

Our team of advisers can offer you advice on all aspects of your health and social care research and support you to develop your funding application. We can help you to:

View our video on developing a funding application and how the RDS can help.

Providing you received support from the RDS, post-funding advice is available should you encounter problems with the design. Post-funding advice will generally be as brief guidance and signposting to sources of help.

RDS staff are research active and can become involved in a grant application as a co-applicant, if this is clearly outside their RDS role.

If your funding application was unsuccessful, we can help with interpreting the feedback you received from the funding panel.  This may help you think about reframing your ideas or looking at other potential funding sources.

All of our staff across the three Universities work together and between them have rich and complementary experience. Look at our specialist advice section for further support that we can offer.  We also offer advice and support if you are interested in applying for an NIHR Fellowship.


“Aside from having a research idea I was absolutely stuck, with no sense of how I could move forward. Was it worth trying? This was the first question the RDS helped me with. Could the idea be converted into a question upon which a study could be built? This was the second. From that multiple practical study design questions arose and were addressed and developed by the RDS. Throughout I felt both challenged and supported by colleagues who knew the language and process as well as having expertise to develop my research idea.”

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