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Applying for research funds from the NIHR

21st October 2015


A programme of two one-day workshops
with special focus on renewed Research for Patient Benefit programme

9.30am to 4.30pm on 21 October 2015 and 2 November 2015
Venue: Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Cambridge
In this set of two full-day interactive workshops we look at the most important aspects of putting together an application for research funding. Our work over these two days is focused on the various funding streams run by the NIHR, although the topics covered are also highly relevant for those planning to apply to other funding streams and agencies. With the recent changes to the ‘Research for Patient Benefit’ funding stream, we will be looking at this in detail. The overall aim of these training days is for participants in the workshops to develop the skills they need to put together a high quality research bid with a genuine chance of success in a highly competitive field. Persons most likely to benefit are those new to writing bids to the NIHR, and with limited or no experience of writing bids for other funders. The main themes dealt with during the two days are:

  •  the research topic and methodology
    • ensuring that the research question and the proposed methods fit together in terms of quality,
      practicality and feasibility
    • describing research plans in adequate scientific terms
    • describing research plans for a non-technical audience
    • making methodology, personnel, timing and budgets fit together
  • stakeholders, partners and supporters
    • addressing the vital patient/community involvement agenda
    • what is the relationship between clinical and academic partners?
    • the peer review process and how bids are ‘judged’.
  • handling and managing an application for funds
    • the NIHR programmes and how they work
    • ‘hoops and hurdles’ – what are the crucial steps and permissions that all research plans need to
      comply with?
    • using the NIHR extranet to manage the application.

The facilitator, Charlie Davison is an independent healthcare research and training consultant based in Colchester, Essex. He is a Fellow of the School of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Essex. Charlie trained in the 1980’s as a Medical Anthropologist and since then has gained wide experience in the UK and internationally in the field of social science research methodologies applied to the practical problems of primary care, public health and community involvement. He has been recently successful in applying for NIHR funding (Research for Patient Benefit programme).
The cost of the workshop is £100.
To book a place please contact Dr Muhammad Waqar as soon as possible as places are limited;
Tel 01582 743782 or e-mail


21st October 2015
Event Category:


National Institute for Health Research


Cambridge Professional Development Centre
25 Trumpington St
Cambridge, CB2 1QA United Kingdom
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