NIHR FAN Webinar: “What makes a good Research for Social Care (RfSC) application”

A NIHR Funder Advisory Network seminar
Date13 October 2022

The National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Funder Advisory Network (FAN) is delighted to host this panel discussion and Q&A on " What makes a good Research for Social Care (RfSC) application"

Who should attend
The session will be suitable for colleagues already considering applying for RfSC funding, as well as for those who are interested in learning about RfSC funding as an option for future research.

Aims / What is the event about
This session combines colleagues with NIHR and Social Care expertise and RfSC-specific knowledge. Our Chair and panel will share their insight and experience of this funding area, followed by a chance for attendees to ask questions.

Our Chair:

Dr Annie Hawton, Social Care Lead for the Research Design Service South-West (RDS SW), and Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics at the University of Exeter. Annie has worked in health and social care research for almost 30 years at the University of Oxford, the University of Exeter, for the NHS, and for Social Services. She has held a variety of research and facilitatory roles, including promoting the use of research in Social Care practice and policy in 17 Local Authorities. As part of her RDS SW role, Annie advised at the first national RDS RfSC three-day Residential Research application Retreat.

The Panel comprises:

Professor Claire Hulme, Professor of Health Economics, and Head of the University of Exeter's Department of Health and Community Sciences. Claire's interests lie in complex interventions (specifically those which span the health and social care sectors) with interlinked interests in health inequalities, particularly informal care and the economic impact of ill-health on individuals and their families. She is a current member of numerous NIHR funding committees and steering groups, including the RfSC scheme panel.

Professor Jill Manthorpe CBE, Professor of Social Work at Kings College London, and Director of the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce. Jill is an NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus. She is currently involved in advisory work for the Department of Health and Social Care, and works closely with several social care and health sector employers to link research, policy and practice. Jill was made CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2022 for services to social work and social care research.

Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer is currently Senior Lecturer in Ageing and Family Care at the University of Exeter, and will be taking up the position of Associate Professor in Social Care at the University of Birmingham in October. Siobhan leads research on suicide, homicide, and self-harm in unpaid carers; she also collaborates on research into other aspects of caring, as well as dementia, ageing, and social media. She has direct experience of successfully applying for RfSC funding, and is currently running her live RfSC project "Suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, and self-harm in parent carers".

There will be opportunity to submit questions via the Zoom chat function during the session, and we will get through as many of these as possible. The session will be recorded.

Please register for your place via Eventbrite.

OrganizerNIHR Funder Advisory Network

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