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Press Release: The Research Design Service

Renewed funding for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service (RDS) East of England (EoE) based in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

Contracts have been awarded to the NIHR RDS for a period of five years, commencing 1 October 2013. RDS EoE covers Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and was launched in October 2008 as one of ten nationwide RDSs.

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. We welcome enquiries and look forward to providing support to health researchers in Norfolk and Suffolk who are seeking funding from NIHR and other peer reviewed national funding agencies. The service is free, please get in touch.”