Researchers to benefit from £5m funding boost

Clinicians and academics in Southampton will continue to have access to a free specialist support service to help develop successful grant applications following a £5.3 million cash boost.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has renewed its funding for the NIHR Research Design Service South Central, which is based at Southampton General Hospital, for a further five years.

The service, managed by the University of Southampton, is one of ten regional support centres for health and social care research applications in England and involves collaboration with the universities of Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Portsmouth.

It offers advice for individuals or teams on identifying funding streams, qualitative and quantitative methodology and patient and public involvement in research.

Heidi Nield, acting assistant director of research and development at UHS, said: “The renewal of this contract is fantastic news for researchers across the south of England, but particularly at UHS with the team based on site at Southampton General.

“As well as helping clinicians and academics to turn innovative research ideas into strong proposals for funding, they provide excellent advice on involving patients and the public not just as research participants but as members of the project team and steering groups.” 

For more information or to apply for support, visit the RDS South Central website.

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