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Winning research council funding

25/11/2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Purpose of this seminar is twofold:

  1. to raise awareness of the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (NIHR HS&DR) funding stream and
  2. to share some learning from our recent successful application

This session will begin with the ‘story’ behind the success, because that is often where the key learning points are in terms of – to use a popular ‘realist’ phrase – “what works” when identifying a gap in the evidence base  – that helps lead to an important research question – that in turn helps lead to identify the right funding stream. I will also spend some time going over the process in relation to the ‘how to’ question in relation to practical steps in applying to this funding stream, followed by a short outline of the timelines involved. That will lead onto reflection on the key learning/top tips from our experience

Speaker: Dr Tracey McConnell

Dr Tracey McConnell is a Senior Research Fellow in a joint post between Marie Curie Hospice Belfast and the School of Nursing and Midwifery, QUB. Tracey’s methodological expertise includes mixed method realist reviews/evaluation to help identify what works, for whom, and in what circumstances when designing and implementing complex healthcare interventions. Tracey also has methodological expertise in Randomised Controlled Trials. Her research interests broadly include developing and evaluating interventions in palliative and end of life care (both malignant/non-malignant conditions) to enhance patient and informal caregiver’s psychological wellbeing and quality of life.

Following on from Dr McConnell’s talk Dr MacArtney will talk about his experiences of seeking and gaining funding via the ESRC, drawing out some of the similarities and differences of applying to a social science orientated funder for health research.

Speaker: Dr John MacArtney

Dr John MacArtney is a sociologist of dying and palliative care who draws on social and political theory to develop critical conceptual interventions in healthcare and provide recommendations for policy and practice. He is a Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow and is currently involved with several studies looking at the impact of COVID-19 on experiences of providing and receiving hospice care, including a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant into the Impact of the Covid pandemic on Hospices (ICoH).

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