The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service Yorkshire and the Humber (RDS YH) provides advice and support to applied health and social care researchers to help them to develop and design high quality research proposals for submission to NIHR and other national, peer-reviewed funding competitions. Support is provided free of charge.

The RDS can

  • Help researchers to develop their ideas and design high quality research proposals for submission to national, peer-reviewed funding competitions.
  • Provide access to a range of specialist expertise in research design, including advice on research synthesis, study design and methodology (quantitative and qualitative), statistics and health economics.
  • Signpost researchers to other sources of expert advice on the applied health and social care research system.

Face-to-face advice is available, supported by telephone and email. Complete our online ‘Request for Advice and Support’ form and we will be in touch to arrange an appointment.

Please contact us at or telephone our general enquiries number on 0114 222 0828 for more information.


Grant Writing Event

From Research Idea to Funding Application: Getting Your Grant Proposal Together

Thursday 9th February 2017 – University House, University of Leeds, 10.00am – 4.00pm

This workshop is for researchers and health professionals who want to develop and submit an NIHR research funding application. If you want to make a strong application which has the best chance of getting your research idea funded, then this event is for you.

View the event flyer here and register to attend here.


Guidelines for involving members of the public in Interview Panels, Committees and other Panel membership

Please click on the link here to view or download new guidance relating to the involvement of members of the public on panels.

If you have any comments or feedback on the service, you can let us know here