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Developing your research idea into a high quality grant application

Research Design Service Grant Writing Workshops

Research Design Service Yorkshire and Humber (RDS YH) will hold FREE one-day grant writing workshops in Leeds, Sheffield and York.  The workshops are aimed at researchers in applied healthcare who are interested in submitting a grant application to NIHRTo get the most out of the workshop, we recommend that you come with a research question for a proposal that you personally would like to develop. 

Who should attend?
If you are a first time applicant, have been unsuccessful with an NIHR application in the past or you simply want to understand what makes a good grant application then attending this workshop will help.

The workshop will provide practical and contextual advice to answer the following questions:
  • What do NIHR and funding panels look for in a research proposal?
  • What should you be thinking about at the outset (is my idea unique, needed and/or a priority for NIHR or the funder?
  • How do I frame a research question?
  • What are the key elements of a strong funding proposal?
  • What should my research team look like?
  • Who do I need to involve (public involvement, user involvement, specialist involvement etc.)?
  • What is involved in study design?
  • How can I make sure I can deliver if I'm successful?
  • How do I think about impact?
Workshop dates:
Thursday 9 February,
Wednesday 17 May, Sheffield
Wednesday 27 September, York

About the Research Design Service

For those who don't know us, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded Research Design Service Yorkshire and the Humber (RDS YH) is one of ten regional services across England, offering design and methodological support to health researchers who are developing research applications. RDS YH covers South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North and East Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire.

The YH team is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York. RDS advisers based at each of the three Universities are research-active and have considerable expertise in developing and designing high quality research proposals. They have expertise in statistics, qualitative research, epidemiology, health economics, information resources and public involvement in research.   

We have a key role in helping to refine research questions to ensure that they meet NIHR priority areas, and that research proposals have the right team and skill mix to deliver the proposed research. We have an established team who are well placed to understand research strengths and make appropriate referrals to other sources of expert support if required. 

RDS advisers work closely with their respective clinical trials units, and are also involved as experts in a wide range of national and regional strategic groups, committees, funding panels, and as peer reviewers for all NIHR programmes, MRC, and major charities funding applications and NIHR reports.​

What we do:

The RDS can offer advice and support for health researchers in a range of ways.  We can offer informal advice over the phone, or more detailed advice at a face to face meeting.  We also offer day long workshops for grant proposal writing which can to help you to structure your ideas and manage the complexities of the process.
Book an appointment

What makes an effective grant application?

1. Title - should be clear, representative, and guide the funder to send to the appropriate reviewer
2.  Aims and objectives
  • Aims – short, illustrative goals
  • Objectives – describe how the goals will be met
3. Scientific abstract – should be a mini version of your project description
4. Plain English abstract – must be in lay language – see
‘make it clear’ campaign
5. Assessing project funding applications – reviewers/panels use the following criteria:
  • Relevance to research priorities of the funder
  • Originality of ideas/proposal
  • Engagement with all the relevant stakeholders
  • Does the existing literature support the need for this study; is it a question worth addressing
  • Quality of the design
  • Value for money
  • Track record of the research team
Other RDS YH Events in 2017
RDS YH is running two workshops to support
  • Doctoral and Early Postdoctoral fellowships for researchers and clinicians, Tuesday 4 April, Leeds
  • Fellowships  for Allied Health Professionals, Tuesday 27 June, York
More information about NIHR fellowships can be found here
Contact NIHR RDS YH 

NIHR Research Design Service Yorkshire and the Humber
Regent Court,
30 Regent Street,
Sheffield, S Yorkshire, S1 4DA
United Kingdom  

For general enquiries contact Rose Cliff: 0114 22 20828 or email:
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