Following on from the success of the Green Shoots Programme last year, in collaboration with the RDS SE, 70@70 nurses and the newly formed NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC), NIHR CRN KSS has established four support initiatives for up and coming researchers in the region.
This programme aims to support health and social care staff from any background to develop an idea from practice into a researchable question.
If you have an idea you think would make a good research question we would like to work with you to develop your idea and the skills you need to take it forward.
No research experience is necessary and we actively encourage all professionals from any health and social care sector to submit their ideas.
If you are interested in this initiative please send your Seedlings Expression of Interest form (EOI) to Julie Gardner on firstname.lastname@example.org by 17 January 2020. Selected EOIs will be invited to a ‘speed dating event’ on 4 February at the Arora Hotel in Crawley. At this event you will be able to meet with experts who will be able to discuss your ideas and advise on the next steps.
If the idea is evaluated as having potential to be taken forward in this region, and falls in line with our strategic ambitions, you may be invited to submit a more substantial application in order to enter our new seedlings development programme in April 2020.
Across KSS a number of conditions, diseases and health priorities are very prevalent. For some of these areas we are either not very research active or our research activity needs further growth to maintain a pipeline of studies.
In order to encourage this growth, CRN KSS would like to invest in these priority areas in order to create capacity for trainees and early career professionals to develop their research skills and embed research within their practice. For this to succeed, teams need the guidance and support of our most senior and seasoned clinicians so that a team approach can be developed and enable research to be offered to patients/clients as part of care.
The six priority areas below have been selected for 2020. £10, 000 will be awarded to the CRN KSS Specialty Lead for these areas. In collaboration with the Research Delivery Manager for the specialty and their R&D departments, Specialty Leads will be asked to develop an investment plan for this money to promote region wide engagement in their specialty.
Prevalent priority areas are:
5. Mental health
We are delighted to announce that we are running our Greenshoots programme again this year. £10 000 is available for 12 months to protect time for a first time, would-be Chief Investigator. This time is protected to work up a research proposal, ready for submitting a funding application.
Having reviewed the experiences of our last cohort, the following elements have been added to the programme:
Matched funding from the employer will be required in order to protect sufficient time to conduct all the preparative work required to develop an ‘application ready proposal’. The employing organisation must also demonstrate how R&D will help guide and assist the applicant and how the money will be used to support the applicant (extra hours or an altered job plan).
A basic course in developing and managing research is now a compulsory element of the programme. Courses will be commissioned at the University of Surrey and the University of Kent to match the learning objectives of the existing course run by Brighton and Sussex Medical School’s Clinical Trials Unit.
A support team will be assigned to the applicant with experts from the CRN , ARC and RDS to coach the applicant.
A mentor will need to be nominated in collaboration with the appropriate Research Delivery Manager for the specialty area.
Priority themes for this Green shoots programme 2020/21 will be:
You must contact your manager, your R&D department and the appropriate Research Delivery Manager for your specialty prior to submission as proposals will require formal sign off. The deadline for submission is 14 February 2020.
As we develop the Greenshoots programme in the coming years we would like to work towards a Team Shoots award. This would be a larger block of funding available to a KSS wide, multidisciplinary team to develop a research proposal resulting in a multicentre study with benefits for the KSS population. It is understood that such a team proposal will need time to develop and the collaboration would need time to be established. The first call for this award is planned for Q4 2020/21. Warning is being given now so that teams can start multi-setting, multi-disciplinary conversations now.
Have you had a bid get through to last application stage only to be disappointed at the final hurdle?
Don’t let it get you down! Let’s get a multidisciplinary team together and see if we can bring it back to life. The CRN will be happy to host a meeting for you to liaise with other experts, advisers, service users and service staff from across the region. Funding can be used to cover:
This will hopefully help you establish the next steps for your project and help you keep going!