I have a protocol but no funding

You can get free advice and support for winning funding from the NIHR Research Design Service South Central.

Before working with the UHS R&D team to gain approvals and initiate a study, you need to win funding; you need to speak to NIHR Research Design Service for South Central (RDS).

The RDS team provide free advice for researchers developing proposals for national peer-reviewed funding competitions.

NHS costs: vital

NHS costs must be included in any application, alongside university costings. Whilst grant funding may be paid into a university account, arrangements must be put in place to refund the NHS any eligible costs.

The R&D office can help with costing studies; allow a minimum of three weeks before grant submission.

Contact Michelle Cawte (023 8120 5146) for non-commercial studies and the commercial team (023 8120 4862) for commercial studies. 

Contact the Research Design Service

Southampton hosts the main RDS South Central office on C-level of South Academic Block in Southampton General Hospital & their website provides more information on their services.

Contact details for RDS offices:


023 8120 4778



01865 289442


Portsmouth and Isle of Wight

023 9284 7711