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November / December 2015 edition
This double edition is full of the latest news, events, communications and call date reminders from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), taking you right up to the New Year.
UK Rapid Response Team competition 2015
A new, open competition to fund a UK Rapid Response Team (RRT) has launched. The RRT will be delivered collaboratively by an academic institution and Public Health England (PHE).

The Ebola response has highlighted the need for the international community to develop a mechanism that can support countries in investigating and responding to disease outbreaks that pose a global threat before they have the chance of becoming a global health emergency. In response to this, at the G7 Summer 2015, the Prime Minister announced plans to develop a Rapid Response Team (RRT) in the UK that can respond to invitations to investigate possible or known disease outbreaks in low and middle income countries. This will be a high profile team and part of the UK’s front line in improving global health security. The closing date for submission of applications by academic institutions in the United Kingdom interested in being considered for the UK Rapid Response Team is 17 December 2015 at 1:00pm. Find out more.
Obesity themed call
In December 2015 the NIHR will issue a call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services for the prevention and treatment of obesity in adults and children. This call is an initiative by the NIHR in recognition of the need for further research-based evidence to underpin the prevention and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children. Issues of particular importance for this call include the prevention of type 2 diabetes and increasing levels of physical activity.

More information will be available on the NIHR Themed Calls website in due course.

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Response to "Going the Extra Mile" from Professor Dame Sally C. Davies
Professor Dame Sally C Davies has responded to ‘Going the Extra Mile’, the report from the ‘Breaking Boundaries Review Panel’. This is a reference to the removal of barriers between service users and researchers. Nearly 10 years after the NIHR was established, it was timely to consider how far we had come on the public involvement, engagement and participation journey and where we would like to be in 10 years’ time.

Read the Chief Medical Officer’s full response here.

New report published in the NIHR Journals Library
An NIHR-funded study, which aimed to reduce the impact of pressure ulcers on patients, has recently published its findings in the NIHR Journals Library. Read more.
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BMJ Awards 2016
The call for entries to the 'UK Research Paper of the Year' category of the BMJ Awards 2016 is now open. Find out more.
Around the NIHR
Cancer and Nutrition NIHR infrastructure collaboration launch
The Cancer and Nutrition NIHR infrastructure collaboration had a successful event on 27 October in London to launch a new website and announce the publication of its Phase One report. The collaboration was formed, with the help of the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI), in 2014 with the goal of identifying gaps in nutrition and cancer research to develop clear recommendations to further translational research. Read more.

NIHR Medtech Capabilities Brochure 
NOCRI has produced a new brochure which outlines the medtech expertise and capabilities within the NIHR and explains what support is available to help medtech companies with their research and development needs. It also provides case studies showing how the NIHR is already working with the medical device and diagnostic industry. Download the brochure.
You can also read a blog on The five questions crucial to MedTech R&D by Ravi Chana, NOCRI’s Business Development Manager.
Solving the innovation conundrum
The NIHR will be exhibiting at the ABPI R&D conference on 11 November, with Mark Samuels, Managing Director for NOCRI, also giving a talk on 'Accelerating Innovation: Sharing the risks - as well as the rewards'. 
Find out more and register to attend.   

Blogs and newsletters
The latest community e-newsletter for the NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) looks at the work they are doing in the area of self-care/self-management.
Don't forget
NIHR School Competition 
A new competition to renew and refresh membership of the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) is now open.
Funding programme changes
Find out about changes to the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme and Programme Grants.
Panel recruitment
Invention for Innovation (i4i) and Programme Grants are recruiting members for their selection panels.
Current funding opportunities
CCF-managed NIHR programmes

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)
Competition 28 now open
Closing date: 1pm on 2 December 2015

Competition 29 (including Obesity themed call)
Opening: 9am on 9 December 2015

Invention for Innovation (i4i)
11th Call for i4i Product Development Awards now open
6th Call for i4i Challenge Awards now open

Closing date: 1pm on 13 January 2016

Obesity themed call 
Opening 9am on 9 December 2015
Programme Grants for Applied Research
Programme Development Grants
RfPB (as part of Competition 29)

For details of calls and competition open dates and deadlines for programmes managed by the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre's (NETSCC's) including the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)Health Technology Assessment (HTA)Public Health Research (PHR) and Systematic Reviews (SR) Programmes please visit their website.

The NIHR Career Development Opportunities page
 provides information on NIHR funding for research training
 managed by the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre.
NIHR Research Design Service (RDS)

The NIHR RDS provides design and methodological support to health and social care researchers across England to develop grant applications to the NIHR and other national peer-reviewed funding programmes. 
Other funding opportunities
The Department of Health's Policy Research Programme (DH PRP) is managed alongside NIHR funding programmes at the Central Commissioning Facility (CCF).

DH PRP is currently inviting applications for the First Joint Call for the European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs: Understanding Drug Use Pathways.
The DH national guidance is available from the 
PRP website. Please apply for this call from the ERANID website and to view other documentation. The deadline for full application to the Joint Call Secretariat is 2pm CET on 24 November 2015.
In addition, the PRP is also currently inviting applications in Evaluating the care certificate: A cross-sector solution to assuring fundamental skills in caring .
Deadline for receipt of full applications: 1pm on 17 November 2015.
Please visit the Policy Research Programme website at to access the research specifications, application form, guidance notes and close dates for the above calls.
With only 43 days to go until Christmas, we would like to wish you... advance!

We'll be back in the New Year.
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