Research Design Service for the East of England
The Research Design Service
for the East of England (RDS EoE)
is an active and dynamic network of five
Universities and four NHS Trusts across the East of England offering
research advice and support across the region.
RDS EoE is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as part of a regional Research Design Service network in England which provides assistance to turn innovative ideas into strong research proposals to attract funding.
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National Institute of Health Research issues a new contract to aid research design in the East of England
£5 million contract signed for a further five years, to continue supporting researchers with a collaborative service to produce high quality research focused on the needs of patients and the public
Contracts have been awarded to the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service (RDS) for a period of five years, commencing 1 October 2013. The Research Design Service in the East of England (RDS EoE) covers Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and was launched in October 2008 as one of ten nationwide Research Design Services.
This £5 million contract is for the RDS EoE to continue for a further five years enabling researchers’ access to expertise and support across the region.
Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer and
Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health, said:
"The NIHR is transforming research in the NHS to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. It is very important that researchers applying for NIHR funding can access the services provided by the RDS so that they can submit their best applications to the NIHR and others for funding.”
Committed to the NIHR vision, the RDS EoE strives to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research by facilitating academic support and collaboration from Universities, NIHR organisations, NHS Trusts, Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) and third sector organisations.
The RDS EoE team has a strong track record of contributing to health and social care research on which to build.
Professor Gill Green, Director of NIHR RDS EoE, said:
“Continued funding of the RDS is a great opportunity to develop applied health research partnerships which incorporate the knowledge of the clinician, the research skills of the academic and the lived experience of the patient. The RDS ensures that the health research skills and experience held within the region are provided with the supportive infrastructure required to develop fundable applied health research of relevance to the patient.”
Working with these key partners and with input from lay representatives, the RDS EoE will play a key role in supporting health and social care researchers to develop high quality research proposals with potential to improve patient care.
It is through such advances in research that we can improve health outcomes and quality of life for patients and the public.