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 NIHR survey on under-served populations

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has a long-standing commitment to improving access to health and social care  research for underrepresented groups.

You are invited to take part in a survey to explore your views on who you feel is under-served, what factors lead to being under-served and what changes have been seen to promote inclusivity in research participation. The survey is simple, anonymous and should take no more than five minutes to complete. 

Your responses will be shared with the UK research community and used to promote the inclusion of under-served populations in research.

Take a few minutes to complete the survey now. 


Mental Health Research Incubator Career Development Opportunities

The Incubator for Mental Health Research offers practical advice, connections and career development opportunities for aspiring researchers in mental health. Their new interactive map supports mental health researchers at all career stages to connect and collaborate with others. Whoever you are, if you do mental health research, do plot yourself on the map!

The Incubator signposts career development opportunities – funding, networking and mentoring – for both clinical and non-clinical professionals at all career stages. It is led by Professor Cathy Creswell.

One of the first initiatives for the incubator is a researcher map, which will help us understand and illustrate where mental health research is and isn’t happening. The interactive map of mental health research supports mental health researchers at all career stages to connect and collaborate with others.

The career development section offers advice for those just getting started and also helps connect all aspiring researchers to the main opportunities in mental health research. This includes the mental health biomedical research centres, applied research collaborations and UKRI mental health research networks. Profession-specific pages offer specific advice for psychologists, medics, behavioural scientists, nurses, social workers, allied health professionals, basic scientists, and peer researchers.

The career case study section features over 30 case studies of researchers from a wide range of different backgrounds who are pursuing mental health research today.

Professor Cathy Creswell, the incubator director says: “We desperately need to build research capacity in mental health.  Inspiring and engaging people to pursue mental health research careers in clinical and non-clinical settings is a big part of that. My hope is that we now start seeing a far wider group of people and organisations, reflecting diverse professions and geographies, engaging in mental health research because that’s how we’ll start driving the changes we need as a society.”

Follow the Incubator on Twitter for advice, inspiration and connections @MHRincubator

Plot your research activity on the map of mental health research: https://mentalhealthresearch.org.uk/map


NIHR’s response to COVID-19 – Supporting the health and care system’s response to the pandemic

Over the last year, there has been a huge collective effort to develop treatments, care, and vaccines in response to COVID-19. In recognition, the National Institute for Health Research is launching a campaign to say thanks to everyone who has been involved and they are asking for support in raising awareness.

A new website section highlighting the significance of what NIHR-supported COVID-19 work has achieved in a year has also been published and includes a short animation on 5 Ways Research has Fought COVID-19.


NIHR Academy Fellowships changed to single stage

The NIHR Academy has announced that all NIHR Academy Fellowships which were previously two stages have now been changed to a single stage application.

For applicants this will mean that the PPI and detailed budget section, which is normally not needed until just before the interviews, will be required when the application form is submitted.
Nothing else other than wording will change in the application.

Deadlines have not yet been updated on the NIHR Academy web pages but we will share a link as soon as this happens.


COVID-19 – Update on RDS YH Service

In accordance with latest advice regarding action in response to the COVID-19 outbreak the RDS YH will be managing our advice service using telephone or virtual advice sessions for the time being.

Advice and support will be provided by offering a mutually suitable method of contact, either virtually, by telephone, by e-communication/mail, or a combination of these as needed.  This will be agreed with you when your advice request has been assessed and an adviser allocated to support you in developing your funding application. If you have any special requirements to support the way we engage with you please add this to your request for advice.

All NIHR funding schemes and calls are open for applications. Deadlines for most stages of application processes remain as previously advertised, but please do check on the NIHR website for any updates.

We will be postponing our workshops until the summer months and more details will be provided in due course.  Those registered on the events will be offered  remote, one to one support as needed.

Any questions please do contact us.  We will monitor guidance and update information about our service to reflect further developments as needed.


The current  NIHR open themed call is: Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care.

This call seeks applications for research into the prevention, management and treatment of accidents and injuries and other conditions needing urgent and emergency care.

For more information please see the specification document and list of participating programmes with call dates.


Guidance from NIHR on disseminating funded research findings

NIHR has published guidance on disseminating funded research findings.


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