NIHR RDS for the Yorkshire and the Humber

NIHR RDS for the Yorkshire and the Humber
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Hello and welcome to the June 2010 edition of ‘Take Five’, from the Yorkshire and
Humber RDS, a regular email update, groaning with training events, research funding
and the latest health news, and websites in neat little sets of five.
Please do feel free to forward this update to colleagues in your workplace.
Upcoming Training Events
For more details about course run by the RDS for the Yorkshire and the Humber and
information about how to book a place on one of these courses please see our
website: http://www.rds-yh.nihr.ac.uk/learning-events.aspx
1. 30 June 2010Searching the Literature and Managing References for your
Research Bid (L) Leeds
2. 13 July 2010 Patient and Public Involvement in Research Design and Developing
Grant Applications (Hull) Hull
3. 07 September 2010 Searching the Literature and Managing References for
your Research Bid (S) Sheffield
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4. 08 September 2010 Writing Research Proposals for Quantitative Service
Evaluation (S) Sheffield
5. 14 September 2010 Making Successful Applications to the Research for
Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme (S) Sheffield
Current Awareness
1. Influenza Immunisation Programme
The Department of Health has issued the following Dear Colleague Letter 'The
Influenza Immunisation Programme 2010/11'. This letter contains information for all
commissioners and providers of social care services about the annual seasonal flu
immunisation programme 2010/11.
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Lettersandcirculars/Dearcolleagu
eletters/DH_116551
2. Widening participation in pre-registration nursing programmes
The Department of Health has published 'Widening participation in pre-registration
nursing programmes'. This document describes a series of educational models and one
employment model designed to widen access for NHS support staff into the second
year of nursing pre-registration degree courses and to provide meaningful career
pathways for current and potential employees who wish to remain in Agenda for
Change band 1-4 roles.
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAnd
Guidance/DH_116553
3. NICE consultations
NICE has issued the following consultation documents:
- Multiple myeloma (first line)- bortezomib and thalidomide: technology appraisal
consultation. Closing date for comments 23 June 2010.
- Asthma (in children) - omalizumab: technology appraisal consultation. Closing date
for comments 22 June 2010.
http://www.nice.org.uk/getinvolved/currentniceconsultations/current_nice_consultat
ions.jsp
4. Patient choice
The King's Fund has published 'Patient choice: how patients choose and how providers
respond'. This report considers how choice of provider is operating in practice and its
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impact on hospital providers. It aims to answer the following questions: how do
patients experience choice?; what factors are important to patients when choosing
between providers?; how do GPs support choice?; and how are providers responding to
choice?
http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/patient_choice.html
5. Cancer survival statistics
The Office for National Statistics has published 'Cancer survival in the Spearhead
Primary Care Trusts of England, 2001–08'. Spearhead Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) are
designated as those areas that face the greatest health challenges in England. Some
key facts are one- and five-year relative survival estimates for adults (aged 15–99)
diagnosed with one of 10 common cancers between 2001 and 2007, and resident in
the 62 Spearhead Primary Care Trusts in England, have been compared with those in
the rest of England. To examine trends in survival over time, survival was estimated in
three overlapping 5-year periods (2001–05, 2002–06 and 2003–07). Survival improved
slightly for most of the ten cancers over the period 2001–07, both for patients
resident in Spearhead PCTs and the rest of England. Survival was consistently lower
for patients resident in Spearhead PCTs than for those in the rest of England. For
the majority of cancers, the difference in survival between Spearhead PCTs the rest
of England either narrowed slightly or stayed the same over the period 2001–07.
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/cspct0610.pdf
Funding Opportunities (Projects and Programmes)
1. Diabetes UK
Project Grants
There is no limit to research expenses that may be requested, however all requests
must be fully justified. Applicants applying for £500,000 or more must contact the
office in the first instance and should normally hold substantial funding from
Diabetes UK. Applicants applying for £15,000 or less should follow the Guidelines for
Small Grant Applications.
Amount of funding available: > £100K
Closing date: 01 December 2010
Duration: > 3 years
http://www.rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=553
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2. British Council for Prevention of Blindness
Pump Priming Research Grant
Subject to the Trustees' absolute discretion as to its value or calculation, any pumppriming grant will normally be calculated as a contribution to the cost of items
essential to the research; for example staff, travel, equipment and consumables, up
to a maximum of £60,000 in total over one, two or three years, as requested. While
£60,000 is the maximum award, principal investigators are welcome to submit
proposals for less. Principal investigators and their institutions must complete the
financial table in the application form. The Advisory Panel may require a principal
investigator to demonstrate why an item is essential.
Amount of funding available: £50K - £100K
Closing date: 12 November 2010
Duration: 1 year - 3 years
http://www.rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=14370
3. Newman (Frances and Augustus) Foundation
Research Awards
The maximum grant is £60,000.
Amount of funding available: £50K - £100K
Closing date: 31 October 2010
Duration: 1 year - 3 years
http://www.rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=390
4. Association for International Cancer Research
Project Grant
AICR does not have a formal upper limit for the budget, but it should be noted that
most of the three-year grants they award have a total budget between £100,000 and
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£200,000. If you want to apply for significantly more than this, you are strongly
advised to contact our Scientific Co-ordinator
Amount of funding available: > £100K
Closing date: 29 October 2010
Duration: 1 year - 3 years
http://www.rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=144
5. Association for International Cancer Research
Prostate Round
The amount available will be sufficient to fund 3 - 4 projects, based on an average
annual project cost of around £35,000 - £40,000.
Amount of funding available: £10K - £50K
Closing date: 29 October 2010
Duration: Unspecified
http://www.rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=8838
Funding Opportunities (Fellowships)
1. Wellcome Trust
Senior Investigator Awards
Senior Investigator Awards may be for up to seven years and provide a generous and
flexible package of funding. A Senior Investigator Award might be in the range of
£100k to £425k per year, depending on the needs of your research and your ability
to justify the proposed costs.
Amount of funding available: > £100K
Closing date: 22 November 2010
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Duration: > 3 years
http://www.rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=15464
2. Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation
Clinical Research Fellowship
Support for the 2011 Fellowship is a maximum of £60,000 per year, to include a
salary, consumables and some support costs.
Amount of funding available: > £100K
Closing date: 12 November 2010
Duration: 1 year - 3 years
http://www.rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=2730
3. Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Robertson Trust Research/Training Fellowship
The funding allocated for this Fellowship is currently £45,000 per annum and
provides salary, National Insurance and superannuation costs only. No funding will be
allocated for running costs, purchase of equipment, acquisition of computing facilities
or travel.
Amount of funding available: £10K - £50K
Closing date: 29 October 2010
Duration: Unspecified
http://www.rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=4077
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4. MRC - Medical Research Council
ESRC/MRC/NIHR Early Career Fellowships in Economics of Health
The fellowship provides personal salary, consumable expenses, travel and other costs
appropriate for the research work and training under Full Economic Costs. It is
expected that this level of fellowship will not normally require support for additional
research staff. The fellowship provides funding for two years full-time or four years
part-time.
Amount of funding available: £50K - £100K
Closing date: 24 September 2010
Duration: 1 year - 3 years
http://www.rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=13205
5. MRC - Medical Research Council
Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship
The award provides a competitive personal salary for the fellow, research support
staff, research consumables expenses and capital equipment appropriate for the
research project, travel costs, and other appropriate items under full economic costs
at a UK research organisation. An MRC senior non-clinical fellowship may be awarded
for any period up to five years.
Amount of funding available: > £100K
Closing date: 24 September 2010
Duration: > 3 years
http://www.rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=1279
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Funding Opportunities (Studentships)
1. Wellcome Trust
Research Studentships (developing countries) Support is normally provided for up to
three years for doctoral studentships. All students are expected to complete their
writing-up and submit their theses in the final year of Trust support. Research
support includes: -the student's stipend at the appropriate local rate for doctoral
studentships -all compulsory university and college fees at the appropriate
postgraduate student level; where appropriate, fees at the overseas rate will be
provided. Requests for funds to cover travel, equipment and other expenses essential
for the research will be considered.
Amount of funding available: Unspecified
Closing date: 06 February 2011
Duration: 1 year - 3 years
http://www.rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=13899
2. British Skin Foundation
Studentship
The BSF Studentship is a fixed amount of £81,000 (£27k per year for 3 years). No
‘top-ups’ or extensions are available for any reason. The maximum duration of the BSF
Studentship is 3 years
Amount of funding available: £50K - £100K
Closing date: 27 August 2010
Duration: 1 year - 3 years
http://www.rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=4636
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3. National Eye Research Centre
Postgraduate Studentships
Grants for PhD Studentships are for a three-year period and up to £60,000.
Amount of funding available: £10K - £50K
Closing date: 15 January 2011
Duration: 1 year - 3 years
http://rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=220
4. Yorkshire Cancer Research
PhD Studentship Award
Each Award will support a successful applicant with an annual stipend in line with
current Research Council guidelines (www.mrc.ac.uk) together with university fees.
Awards would be for a period of up to four years.
Amount of funding: Unspecified
Closing date: 30 November 2010
Duration: > 3 years
http://www.rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=15125
5. British Council for Prevention of Blindness
Studentship Grant
Subject to the Trustees' absolute discretion as to its value or calculation, any
studentship grant will normally be calculated as a contribution to the cost of items
essential to the studentship; for example fees, stipend, travel and consumables up to
a maximum of £60,000 in total over three years. The Trustees recognise that cofunding from other sponsors may be needed to meet the full costs of the
studentship. Supervisors and their institutions must complete the financial table in
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the application form. The Advisory Panel may require a supervisor to demonstrate
why an item is essential.
Amount of funding available: £50K - £100K
Closing date: 12 November 2010
Duration: 1 year - 3 years
http://www.rdfunding.org.uk/queries/ListGrantDetails.asp?GrantID=14371
Health Websites/Gateways/portals
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1. GLOBOCAN project
http://globocan.iarc.fr/
GLOBOCAN 2008 is an interactive cancer statistics tool made available by the World
Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer. The
GLOBOCAN project aims to provide contemporary estimates of the incidence of, and
mortality from major type of cancers, at national level, for all countries of the world.
GLOBOCAN estimates are presented for 2008, separately for each sex and for all
ages and country-specific factsheets are provided. The site provides detailed
information on the project, data sources and methods, tables, graphs, maps, a
population dictionary, and a cancer dictionary.
2. National Poisons Information Service annual reports
http://www.hpa.org.uk/HPA/Publications/ChemicalsPoisons/NationalPoisonsInformati
This resource is provided by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and provides access
to annual reports from the National Poison Information Service. Reports are archived
from 2003 to the present.
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3. MedlinePlus : medical ethics
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/medicalethics.html
A collection of resources, aimed at consumers, on ethics in medicine. Provided by
MedlinePlus this resource provides information on ethical issues relating to end of
life care, abortion, genetic and prenatal testing, birth control, stem cells, organ
donation, access to personal health records, and patient rights. Resource types
include videos, documents, fact sheets, and a pre-formatted search on the topic with
references and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine).
4. Valuing people�s oral health : a good practice guide for
improving the oral health of disabled children and adults
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolic
Published by the Department of Health (DH) in 2007 this document Valuing People’s
Oral Health: A good practice guide for improving the oral health of disabled children
and adults is aimed at those who provide and commission dental services for people
with disabilities.
5. MedlinePlus : anatomy videos
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/anatomyvideos.html
A collection of more than 75 animated videos showing the anatomy of body parts and
organ systems and how diseases and conditions affect them. Made available by the
MedlinePlus service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
And finally…
Nation's Soccer Fan Becoming Insufferable
The Onion reports on the sole American World Cup Fan
http://www.theonion.com/articles/nations-soccer-fan-becoming-insufferable,17553/
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