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Essential Guide to Grant Applications (EGGA) 2016

NIHR Research Design Service South Central

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 at 09:00 - Friday, 14 October 2016 at 17:00 (BST)

Essential Guide to Grant Applications (EGGA) 2016

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Please note that we have reached the maximum capacity for attendees on this course and we have therefore had to close registration.  Thank you very much for your interest in EGGA 2016 - we apologise for being oversubscribed and for not being able to offer you a place on this occasion.


Are you thinking of applying to a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding programme?  Do you have an idea for a health and social care research proposal, but require help with methodological aspects of writing a grant application?


If “yes”, then register for our Essential Guide to Grant Applications (EGGA) masterclass!


What: An interactive, innovative and free to attend three-day masterclass, funded and hosted by the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) South Central (SC), on how to write a methodologically strong application to any of the NIHR funding programmes.


Make sure your next research application stands out from the crowd – make sure it’s methodologically sound!


Focusing on how to write a good grant application, the course will cover the statistical, qualitative, health economics and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) aspects that are required when applying to NIHR programmes for health and social care research funding.


In particular, through a series of presentations with accompanying practical sessions, attendees will learn about the appropriate use of qualitative approaches and when to employ them, they will gain a better understanding of the common statistical and health economics aspects encountered when preparing grant applications, learn the importance of PPI and how it can improve the design of a study, and receive general tips on grant writing.


Further highlights include a PPI panel session where PPI lay representatives explain their motivation for and experience of getting involved in studies, followed by time for questions and answers.  Workshop sessions will also allow networking and “learning by doing” as small groups work through attendees' own ideas for a research proposal with our experienced facilitators and other attendees.  In addition, there will be an opportunity to book one-to-one “clinics” with our methodological expert RDS Advisers, offering attendees the chance to discuss their own research proposals and receive direct input and feedback on their ideas.


Who should attend: This exciting event will bring together researchers from across the South Central region (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire) who are intending to apply to any of the NIHR funding programmes in the next 12 months.

Learn more about the NIHR funding programmes:

Applying for research funding is increasingly becoming more and more competitive.  We have therefore organised this three-day programme to give attendees the skills and knowledge to improve the quality of their application by making sure that it is methodologically well designed.

This is a great chance to get expert support and advice from those who know what makes a successful application – register for our free event to increase your chances of winning NIHR funding!

What to expect on the course

Time and Date: 09:00  17:00 on Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 October 2016.


Presentations and practical sessions will cover the following topics and more:

  • Statistical considerations
    • study objectives
    • study designs
    • outcome measures
    • protocol development
    • sampling and randomization
    • sample size
    • statistical analysis plan
  • Qualitative aspects
    • data collection
    • methods
    • sampling and data analysis
  • Patient and Public Involvement
    • how to write plain English summaries
    • PPI panel – a lay person’s perspective and Q & A
    • PPI theory
  • Health economics aspects
  • Tips on grant writing
  • Networking
  • Workshops on attendees' own research idea
  • One-to-one clinic sessions with our expert advisers

Enquiries to:  rds-sc@soton.ac.uk or 023 8120 4778

  • Please note that places at this event are limited, so attendees will be selected based on their answers to the questions on the registration form. 
  • Priority for places will go to those based in the South Central region.
  • To have the best chance of obtaining a place, attendees are advised to register by Friday 19 August 2016.
  • Attendees will be notified if they have a place on the course by Friday 26 August 2016.
  • Following confirmation of your place on the course, you will be asked to complete a one-page summary about your research idea prior to the event.


RDS South Central can offer expert support and advice on all aspects of designing and developing applications for NIHR funding – please complete our online “Request for Support” form to gain access to our advice.


Request support here

Do you have questions about Essential Guide to Grant Applications (EGGA) 2016? Contact NIHR Research Design Service South Central

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Hartley Suite, Staff Club, Building 38, Highfield Campus
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ Southampton
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 at 09:00 - Friday, 14 October 2016 at 17:00 (BST)

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