New contract for Research Design Service East of England

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A new £5 million contract to continue supporting researchers with a collaborative service to produce high quality research focused on the needs of patients and the public has been signed.

Contracts have been awarded to the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service (RDS) for a period of five years, commencing 1 October 2013. RDS East of England is an active and dynamic network of five universities (including the University of Hertfordshire) and four NHS Trusts covering Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and was launched in October 2008 as one of ten nationwide Research Design Services.

This £5 million contract is for the RDS East of England to continue for a further five years enabling researchers’ access to expertise and support across the region.

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The NIHR is transforming research in the NHS to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. 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 East of England plays a key role in supporting health and social care researchers in the region to develop high quality research proposals with potential to improve patient care. It is through such advances in research that we can improve health outcomes and quality of life for patients and the public.

The RDS East of England Hertfordshire Unit is based at the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Lifespan and Chronic Illness Research (CLiCIR).