Below are some links that you may find useful when thinking about getting involved in research.

NIHR: National Institute for Health Research

The nation’s largest funder of health and care research, providing the people, facilities and technology for research to thrive.

NIHR – Learning and support

The NIHR resources and learning tools help health and care professionals in the important role they play in the delivery of research to improve care for patients and the public.

NIHR  – Research Design Service

Got a research idea and not sure how to turn it into a funding application? Talk to the Research Design Service (RDS).

The RDS South West (RDS SW) is one of several regional services around the country making up the national RDS.

It provides help for people preparing research proposals for submission to open, national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. Their team of people is based in universities and the NHS across the South West, and are able to advise and provide practical support when you are developing your grant application. As they are funded by the NIHR for this purpose, such help is provided free of charge.


INVOLVE is a national advisory group that supports greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.

Join Dementia Research

Join dementia research‘ is a national service that enables you to register your interest and be matched with suitable research studies.


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South West Peninsula – or PenARC – undertakes high-quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients and supports the translation of research evidence into practice in the NHS.