Research Development Funding applications open

Research Development Funding (RDF) is now open for applications.

These awards are for researchers at the University who require funding to support patient/public/stakeholder involvement/engagement at the research design stage – i.e. prior to submitting a research proposal.

Awards can be used to fund the involvement of non-academics in shaping or developing research ideas. 

They are generally used to fund two distinct types of project:

  • an event/meeting (or series of smaller meetings) to inform a particular research grant application; or
  • to establish an ongoing Patient & Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) panel/group in a specific research area, where the need for such a group has been identified. It is advantageous to outline how the ongoing support for such a group will be met.

Please apply in good time for the application review to take place before funding is required. This is estimated to take a maximum of four weeks – from the deadline for each call – for funds to be made available should the application be successful. 

The maximum grant is £500 per application. 

Please read the guidance and complete the application form.

Send your completed application form to before 5pm on the deadline date, 5 May 2018.

Among those to benefit from such funding is Maria Lonsdale (School of Design) and colleagues from Medicine and Health. They were awarded RDF funding in the September 2017 round, to look at the impact of information design on the quality of bowel preparation for colonoscopy screening. 

This project involved several activities with patients who previously had colonoscopies. Team members met patients to gain their views about the research question, their experience using bowel preparation instructions and how they felt these could be improved. Patients fed back into the current study design and what researchers could do to improve the study’s viability and acceptability.

Maria said “the PPIE activities were very beneficial, allowing us to gain initial valuable insight regarding the problems with current bowel preparation instruction booklets and possible solutions”. 

“We also gained valuable insight on the dynamics of running research activities, touching important but, in some ways, sensitive issues related to bowel conditions and bowel screening.”

The findings and insights will now form part of an application to the Wellcome Trust-Collaborative Awards in Humanities and Social Science. 

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