The aim of PHIRN is to increase the quantity and quality of public health improvement research that is relevant to policy and practice.
We aim to achieve this by increasing the number of natural experiments within the roll-out of new initiatives; developing high quality collaborative research proposals for research grant funding; developing high quality collaborative research proposals linked to emerging initiatives; and developing a critical mass of specialised methodological capacity in the design and conduct of community based trials of complex interventions.
Supported by: Cardiff University, Welsh Government and National Institute of Social Care and Health Research.
Date: Tuesday-Thursday 1st-3rd July 2014
Venue: Kings College London
Registration is now open for the first international Health Services Research: Evidence-based practice conference, taking place at King’s College, London, UK from 1–3 July 2014.
As health services research is a multidisciplinary field, this meeting will have a broad scope and address topics from many viewpoints, ranging from international health policy to local health care systems. With health policies often dictated by politicians, integrating evidence into health service practice remains challenging. Changes to health services and health policies are all too often implemented without reference to available research evidence. This conference considers the latest health services research findings, and how the evidence should and can be translated into practice. Each session will be led by a distinguished leader in the field, and will include both invited speakers and a number of talks by participants selected from the submitted abstracts.
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Click here to register to attend.
Deadline for outline applications: Wednesday 11th December 2013
Initial, brief applications for this programme are now invited. Proposals should take into consideration current Alcohol Research UK research priorities. This year, a number of research gaps have been identified within our priority areas and we would particularly welcome applications that address these gaps (click here for further information). However, submissions relevant to other areas will be considered on their merits.
Grants of up to £60,000 in total, over one to three years, are available.
For 2014 Alcohol Research UK would particularly encourage research in the following areas:
- Methods in qualitative research on alcohol
- Promoting recruitment and retention in alcohol research (including use of innovative technologies)
- Development and / or linkage of outcome indicators for treatment
For more information about this funding call please visit http://alcoholresearchuk.org/grants/research-and-development-grants/
Event date: 17th March 2014
Venue: Royal Overseas League, London SW1
Deadline for abstracts: 3rd December 2013
An addition to our annual conference in 2014 will be a half-day symposium to encourage new researchers in the alcohol field.
Abstracts are invited from postgraduate, PhD or post-doctoral researchers. Papers exploring alcohol issues from all disciplinary backgrounds and from a variety of theoretical/methodological perspectives are welcomed.
Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words along with a title, your full contact details and institutional affiliation to Andrea Tilouche by 3rd December 2013. Each paper will be allocated 15 minutes.
There will be a prize of £100 awarded for the best paper.
The Symposium is free – if you would like to attend, please download and complete a Registration Form.
There are a limited number of Student Symposium Travel Bursaries available for students with no research budget. To apply, please email the completed application form from our website by 3rd December 2013.
Current round deadline: Thursday 21st November 2013
Future round deadline: Wednesday 26th March 2014
Feasibility studies, pilot studies and Phase II trials are viewed as purpose-driven preparatory studies, essential for determining the most appropriate questions for the next generation of Phase III trials. The Feasibility Study Project Grants scheme funds studies testing aspects of feasibility or tolerability and/or efficacy including
- Single or multi-centre prospective therapeutic (IMP and non-IMP), diagnostic or prevention phase II studies testing aspects of feasibility, tolerability and/or efficacy. Trials may involve more than one NCRN network, or several centres within a network.
- Academically-led feasibility studies in receipt of educational grants or free drugs from the pharmaceutical industry can be submitted for endorsement (industry-sponsored trials cannot be reviewed under this scheme).
Period of funding
The maximum allowable duration is 48 months (studies are typically 24 months in duration).
Funding is usually at a level of approximately £25,000 per annum. The upper limit of funding for the entire duration of an award is £80,000. Funding decisions are made on the basis of scientific merit.
Eligibility and How to apply
The applicant must be from a UK university, clinical centre or clinical trials unit.
For further information on how to apply please click here.
Conference Date: 5 February 2014
Abstract submission deadline: 6pm, Wednesday 30th October 2013
You are invited to submit abstracts for Oral and Poster presentation at the South West Public Health Scientific Conference.
The aim of the conference is to showcase both service and university based public health research and evaluation from across the South West.
You are invited to submit abstracts of your work from across the full range of public health and from all related disciplines. Abstracts should clearly include your research question, methodology and results. To help with the submission of abstracts, guidance and an example abstract are attached.
Abstracts should be sent to the conference organisers via Beth Carpenter (Beth.Carpenter@southwest.hee.nhs.uk).
For further information please follow this link.
Date: 7th November, 9.30am – 1.30pm
Venue: Novotel, Schooner Way, Cardiff
It is widely acknowledged that living on or below the poverty line often traps children into a cycle of low educational attainment. Today in Wales 200,000 children are living in poverty. Like you, we believe that where a child is born should not dictate their destiny.
Save the Children is working in Wales to deliver innovative, evidence-based, sustainable programmes that enable children to achieve their potential in school. These programmes involve parents, families, schools and community partners.
You are invited to attend a free event with lunch and refreshments (kindly sponsored by Novotel).
Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis
Professor Lynn McDonald, Middlesex University, founder of FAST
Professor David Egan FRSA
By attending the conference, you will learn about opportunities to engage with our programmes including training, collaborative working and funding support. You will also be able to hear the experiences of parents, community partners and Head teachers who have worked with Save the Children to date.
Please register for the event by 12pm Friday October 18th 2013. For further information, please follow this link.
Closing date: 8th November 2013
DECIPHer are currently advertising for a Research Associate (Community Trials – Quantitative Methods) to work full time with DECIPHer.
The post is an ideal opportunity for a quantitative postdoctoral researcher keen to develop a career in public health intervention research and the postholder will be supported in developing their own research portfolio. The successful candidate will work with senior colleagues in DECIPHer in writing and submitting research funding applications. In particular, the postholder will be a key member of teams taking forward methodological research in the development and evaluation of complex interventions. The appointee will be expected to conduct and lead work in the context of transdisciplinary research teams and will play a core role in PHIRN (Public Health Improvement Research Network).
Should you have any queries regarding this post please contact Simon Murphy – MurphyS7@cardiff.ac.uk.
This job is advertised on the Cardiff University Jobs page (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jobs/), job reference - 1473BR
Deadline: Friday 15th November 2013, 1pm
The NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme funds research that evaluates public health interventions, providing new knowledge on the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health, including interventions in education, the built environment, transport, social care.
Members of the Research Funding Board are senior academics with a broad range of skills and experience. We would welcome applications from experts from a range of disciplines and fields, in particular:
• Impacts of the environment on health e.g. traffic/roads, housing, regeneration etc
• Statistics and trials methodology
• Older people
• Work place and health/employability
• Nutrition/obesity (adults and children)
• Mental health
• Systematic review/evidence synthesis
For further information on what the role involves and how to apply please see the PHR website.
Call for proposals into mechanisms of action of health interventions (13/122)
Deadline: Monday 3rd February 2014, by 1pm
The EME Programme invites proposals for translational research into the underlying mechanisms of action of clinical and public health interventions. Studies should utilise patients or samples from current or completed NIHR-funded or NIHR-managed studies in any setting. Proposals will be accepted across a wide range of interventions; including behavioural, pharmaceutical, psychological, surgical and public health interventions.
The research should be relevant to the intervention and outcomes proposed by the original study and add significantly to the scientific understanding of the mechanisms of action of the intervention.
The proposed research may involve the analysis or reanalysis of previously stored specimens or data, or the collection of new specimens or new data for additional analysis, provided it is obtained from study participants.
Applicants will need to make a strong case for how a better understanding of the mechanisms of action will potentially contribute to the future use or development of the technology, future wealth creation and for the ultimate benefit of individual patients’ or the wider NHS.
The remit of the EME Programme includes clinical trials and evaluative studies in patients, which:
• evaluate clinical efficacy of interventions (where proof of concept in humans has already been achieved);
• add significantly to our understanding of biological or behavioural mechanisms and processes;
• explore new scientific or clinical principles;
• include the development or testing of new methodologies;
The EME Programme WILL support:
• research which seeks to determine definitive proof of clinical efficacy and size of effect, safety and possibly effectiveness;
• studies that use validated surrogate markers as indicators of health outcome;
• laboratory based, or similar, studies that are embedded within the main study, if relevant to the remit of the EME Programme;
If you wish to submit a proposal in response to this commissioning brief please contact the EME Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your proposed study.
For further information on applying to the EME Programme is available from the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section on the EME Programme website. The EME team welcomes enquiries at email@example.com or 02380 594303.
Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm on 12 November 2013
The Department of Health Policy Research Programme invites applications in the following two areas:
- Call 1: Evaluation of Offender Liaison and Diversion Trial Schemes (info)
- Call 2: Education Outcomes Framework: developing indicators and the evidence base (info)
For more information, please visit the new website for Policy Research Programme applications and guidance at www.prp-ccf.org.uk.