Friday Funding News!

I love the fact that my colleagues are ever so slightly bonkers; for example we’ve just been treated to one of them doing her impersonation of how the bunch of tulips she bought last night look in her nan’s vase.  Have to say, it was one of the best such impersonations I’ve ever seen, I’d cast her in a show about tulips.  The conversation actually started (and no idea how it got on to tulip impersonations) with a discussion about the secret world of ‘scruffies,’ i.e. those clothes we all change into as soon as we arrive home from work.  I swear that if anyone knocked on my door 10 minutes after I arrived home it would be a case of ‘Is Mel in please?’  I admit it, my face comes out of a make-up bag in the morning and is then disposed of via face wipes when I get in.   And as for the scruffies?  Well, we all admitted to having two lots, the ones we wear and the other ones, the ones we decorate in.  My decorating scruffies (joggy bots and La Femme Nikita T-shirt) are a visual testament to every shade of paint I’ve ever worked with.  Ditto my step ladders.  And if I stand next to my step ladders then I disappear into the paint, there’s seemingly just my disembodied head floating like some sort of 1960s abstract art on an LP cover.  Tulip Girl admitted that her decorating T-shirt actually has a 3D effect on it from when she last roller painted her ceiling.  Nice to think that in years to come someone will have to go through all this stuff when they’re searching for the bank accounts!  Although I must admit, my own main fear is that one night whilst clad in my scruffies, I’ll fall downstairs and need the paramedics.  I know that immediately after calling them I’d be crawling back upstairs to try and change into something better.
NIHR Funding
NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme – new researcher-led call  -  The HS&DR Programme is interested in receiving applications which address knowledge gaps in the impact and sustainability of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) in England.  Evaluation proposals must include the whole of the NHS DPP, and can include comparison with services provided elsewhere in the UK.  Please note this is a single-stage assessment process and the deadline is 13:00 on Thursday 23 June 2016.  You can find out more here.
16/48 – Evaluating the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (one stage, straight-to-full), 23 June 2016, by 1pm, Access specification document (pdf, 217.03 KB)Access guidance notes (pdf, 786.92 KB)Apply
Invention for Innovation (i4i) – 12th call for Product Development Awards  -  Applications are invited for NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) research proposals for translational R&D projects aimed at cultivating new techniques or technologies into innovative interventions which address existing or emerging healthcare needs.  i4i supports projects developing innovative medical technology including medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices.  i4i also supports projects which utilise and develop techniques or technologies from other industry sectors that could have a potential impact if applied in a healthcare setting.  Deadline is 13:00 on Wednesday 1 June 2016, find out more here.
NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) programme – researcher-led call  -  The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme funds research that evaluates non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public, and reduce inequalities in health.  The scope of the programme is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a range of public health interventions.  Deadline is 13:00 on Monday 1 August 2016 and you can find out more here.
16/37 standard outline proposal, 1 August 2016, by 1pm, Access guidance notes (pdf, 679.81 KB)Apply
16/38 evidence synthesis full proposal, 1 August 2016, by 1pm, Access guidance notes (pdf, 669.22 KB)Apply
Non NIHR Funding
Funding for emerging companies and SMEs up for grabs from EIT Health  -  The EIT Health KIC UK and Ireland - of which WMAHSN is a core partner - is inviting partners to submit proposals for new Innovation by Ideas projects.  The ultimate objective of the projects should be the rapid market penetration of innovative healthcare products and services. Innovation by Ideas projects are collaborative projects and are driven by societal challenges within the thematic scope of EIT Health. A maximum contribution of €500K can be sought for each project, with a closing date of 4pm (CET) on 16 May 2016.  
As part of its “Accelerator” activities, EIT Health KIC has also launched the application process for funding for emerging companies and SMEs across the UK and Ireland to develop new healthcare products and services. The purpose of the funding is to accelerate market entry and create new economic activity, and applications to support research will be rejected. Seven awards of up to €50K are available across the whole of the UK and Ireland CLC area, across the Proof of Concept and Headstart funding streams.  Proposals must be received by noon on 31 May 2016.  For further information, or if you are thinking of applying, contact Paddie Murphy.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships    -  The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project.  Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The academic institution employs the recently-qualified graduate who works at the company. The graduate, known as the ‘associate’, brings new skills and knowledge to the business.  A KTP can last between 12 and 36 months depending on the project and the needs of the business. It is part-funded by a grant. The amount businesses need to contribute is different for SMEs and larger companies.  2016 close dates for submission are:  11 May 2016, 6 July 2016, 7 September 2016, 2 November 2016 and you can find out more here.
Conferences / Training
The 16th Annual Worcestershire Palliative Care Conference 14 July 2016  -  Complex Issues: Delivering Best Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care, Worcester Rugby Club, 9am – 4.30pm (registration open from 08.45.  Further information here.
Randomised controlled trial course 2016: A guide to design, conduct, analysis, interpretation and reporting  -  26 September- 30 September Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Oxford.  This course provides a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for the evaluation of healthcare interventions. It will include talks and practicals to give examples and guidance on the methodology of trials using a problem-based learning approach.
Training courses in trials and methodology  -  The HTMR Network has identified training courses relevant to clinical trials methodology that are offered in the UK and Ireland. For workshops and conferences see here.  The Network, Hubs and external partners offer various training from formal degree courses in clinical trials and methodology, to short skills-specific courses for those already working trials. These listings are provided as information only, and the Network does not formally endorse any particular training courses.
And that’s it folks, hope everyone has a good weekend.   Apparently snow was at one stage forecast for this weekend (?!) but hopefully won’t happen as I plan to have my patio jet washed.   The three year old seems to be under the impression he’s doing the job seeing as how my jet wash now lives at their house.  He ‘helped’ me carry it in to the garage but then sat and looked at it and called me back.  ‘Melly, there’s a baby spider in it, look.’  And sure enough there was, well a little spider anyway.  ‘Can I keep it please?’  I thought he meant the jet wash, but no, he meant the spider.  Bless. 
Best wishes
Melanie Guthrie
Administration and Information Officer
NIHR Research Design Service West Midlands
G24 Public Health
University of Birmingham
Birmingham      B15 2TT
Tel:    0121 414 8533