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.


NIHR Voices 2016

Yorkshire and Humber Public Involvement Community Group are running their second event on Thursday 10th November 2016.
The event is aimed at members of the public who would like to get involved in research or have a particular interest in learning more.
You can view the programme details here.

Drop-in Fellowship Information Event for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs)

Monday 31 October 2016: Sheffield from 11.00 to 14.00
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (STH) Medical School, Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2RX

This drop-in information event is hosted by the Clinical Research Office (CRO) at STH and the Research Design Service Yorkshire and Humber (RDS YH).
The event is aimed at Allied Health Professionals who are interested in applying to NIHRs Trainees Commissioning Centre (TCC) for a fellowship grant. If you are interested in other types of NIHR fellowships you are very welcome to come along for some informal advice.

View the event flyer here.

NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme Event

Tuesday 1 November 2016
Berrick Saul Building, University of York.

The event is hosted by Professor Karen Bloor who is the Research Theme Champion for Health and Wellbeing at the University of York. Researchers from any discipline are welcome and no prior funding from or knowledge of NIHR is required.

The event will run from 12noon to 4pm and is FREE of charge. A networking lunch will be provided.

You can view the event flyer here and book a place here.

NIHR Fellowship Deadlines and RDS Review Panels

The next round will launch in October/November 2016. For round 10 NIHR TCC will be closing the post doc levels the week before Christmas (exact date to be confirmed) and the doctoral level applications in mid January 2017.

RDS Sheffield will be offering a peer-review of completed applications:
Post-doc applications

  • closing date for RDS submission 22nd Nov
  • RDS review panel review 29th Nov

Doctoral applications

  • closing date for RDS submission 6th Dec
  • RDS panel review 13th Dec
Applications received after the RDS review submission date will not be considered.


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