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NIHR Research Design Service London

The Research Design Service (RDS) is a key part of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and funded by the Department of Health and Social Care). There are 10 regional services in England, and RDS London is part of this national network.

RDS London is separated into four regions; led by King’s College London in partnership with Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London and University College London. The coordinating centre for RDS London is hosted in the School of Population Health and Environmental Sciences at King's.

RDS London provides free support to health and social care researchers who are developing research grant funding applications. The focus of the service is to improve the quality of research proposals, so that they are more likely to attract funding. 

How can RDS London help researchers?

RDS London can support researchers preparing applications to peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.

Specialist advice can be provided on:

  • Literature review/building rationale
  • Formulating research questions
  • Study design
  • Statistical methods
  • Economic evaluation
  • Qualitative methods
  • Involving patients and the public
  • Building an appropriate research team
  • Identifying a suitable funding stream
  • Writing lay summaries.

For more information please visit the RDS London website:

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