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Yorkshire and Humber research support service receives major award

Posted on 13 May 2013

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has renewed its funding of £5.25m to the University of Sheffield to manage the Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service (RDSYH) – a collaboration that includes the University of York - for a further five years.

NIHR RDS are part of the NIHR Programmes and aim to deliver a high quality, responsive service that supports researchers to develop and submit high quality applications to NIHR and other national peer-reviewed funding programmes.

RDSYH is a White Rose academic collaboration. The White Rose University Consortium is a strategic partnership between three world class Yorkshire universities at Sheffield, Leeds and York. The funding will allow the NIHR RDSYH, set up in 2008, to continue to deliver high quality support for research proposals for applied health and social care.

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.”

The RDS provides access to a range of expertise in research design and offers a referral service directing enquiries to other sources of expert advice on the applied health and social care research system.

Dr Yvonne Birks, RDSYH Deputy Director, who is based in the York Trials Unit, Department of Health Sciences, at the University of York, said: "RDSYH has an exceptionally strong advisory team. We believe that advisors should be active researchers in their own right, to ensure that they remain grounded in the research community and up to date with the current landscape of research funding and governance.

"Over the current RDSYH contract, the team has an excellent track record in supporting others in securing NIHR funding. From the 700 consultations we have had over the last four years, there have been 460 submissions to funding bodies, resulting in 136 successful outcomes, which has brought over £53 million to the region."

RDSYH advisors are based at the three hosting universities and are either based in, or have close relationships with, Health Services Research Departments, with each site including an UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Unit. For North East Yorkshire this service is provided by York Clinical Trials Unit and the Department of Health Sciences, University of York.

RDSYH facilitates joint workings across the three hosting institutions via a hub and spoke model, with regional activity coordinated through the hub to ensure a consistent service across the region.

Notes to editors:

  • The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. The NIHR plays a key role in the Government’s strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for health research. Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of excellence and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. For further information, visit the NIHR website
  • For further information on the National Institute for Health Research Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service (RDSYH) visit
  • For more information on the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York visit
  • The White Rose University Consortium is a strategic partnership between three of the UK’s leading research universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. Since it was formed in 1997, White Rose has generated more than £100 million of additional funding into the Universities to enable the delivery of a range of initiatives including collaborative research, commercial exploitation, joint postgraduate scholarships and industrial partnerships. For more information on the White Rose University Consortium

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