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.