The ability to successfully secure external grants is essential for many researchers across our region. While calls for applications are inherently competitive, we increasingly see awarding bodies seeking evidence of collaboration across institutions. In addition, funders are often seeking applications to span one or more area of expertise, which unless researchers have the necessary opportunities to collaborate acts as a barrier for researchers applying.
The East of England is home to some of the most respected and inventive academic institutions in the UK. Eastern AHSN and the East of England CLAHRC have come together to support our research communities to collaborate and get ahead of the curve.
We intend to embark upon this new approach to support researchers interested in applying for the current National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) call for clinical and applied health research into the evaluation of healthcare interventions, health services, social care and/or public health measures for older people with complex needs. Our intention will be that this approach can then be replicated for other applied research grant opportunities in the future.
The intention is that we will run a 1.5 day workshop and will then select up to three proposals which will be endorsed by the delivery partners and offered further customised support.
The objectives of the workshop are:
- Build the capacity of regional researchers preparing NIHR proposals through customised match-making and support.
- Strengthen collaboration between the regions academic/research institutions
- Establish longer term communities of interest for the regions researchers
If you attend the session you will be supported to create an enhanced abstract of your research, you will have access to a broader network of colleagues, and you will be given an opportunity to pitch for follow-up support and endorsement from the delivery partners.
How to apply
The session is fully funded but spaces are limited to 20. Therefore, we are inviting interested individuals to submit an application for a space.
The session will be fast paced and successful applicants will need to demonstrate a commitment to collaborate with others and a willingness to share their ideas.
If you would like to attend the workshop, please send an expression of interest (max 2 sides of A4) to Helen.Oliver@eahsn.org by noon, 5 September 2017 setting out the following information:
- Why you would like to be considered for a place on the workshop
- How does your research idea fit with the aims of the AHSN and CLAHRC
- What research expertise do you bring to the workshop
- A summary of the research proposal you have in mind at present
- What potential collaborations you are seeking from the group
- If you would require overnight accommodation
Download the briefing pack for full details: NIHR workshop details