The services we provide are available to NHS researchers, social care researchers and other researchers who are working in partnership with the NHS.  We cover South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North and East Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Our services are free of charge, but it is useful to give some examples of situations where we are not able to provide support free of charge:

  • the development of projects for which there is no intention to submit a grant application to a recognised funder
  • doing the research; if required this would need to be costed in to the project grant bid, and it would also depend on the available research capacity and interests of the host institution
  • formal supervision or informal support for students
  • where support is requested to conduct unfunded analysis on data already collected

It is only within the Research Design Service remit to support applications to national peer-reviewed funding agencies.

Details of all NIHR funding programmes can be found on the NIHR wesbite.



The RDS YH is committed to the highest standards of service and to the principles of good research practice and governance.  All enquiries that we receive will be treated in the strictest confidence.  Information shared with us will be treated in strict accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Information that you give to us, or that we seek from you, will only be used to guide the advice and support that we offer in the development of your research design and funding application.

We will not share your personal details, nor the details of your study or enquiry, with any external third party. Should it become necessary to consult with external experts, for example if your study requires specialist input that we are unable to offer, we will discuss this with you and seek your consent before approaching any third party.

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