Research News

National Obesity Awareness Week

Friday, 12 February 2016 15:32

The NIHR Prevention and Treatment of Obesity 'themed call' is a call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services for the prevention and treatment of 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. In addition to the themed call, NIHR have also participated in National Obesity Awareness Week, launched on 13 January 2016 with The BIG Challenge, led by the NIHR Clinical Research Network, to encourage opportunities in, and uptake of, patient participation in related clinical research, including diabetes. To find out more about obesity research and how you can get involved, visit:

HTA guidance on progression rules for trials

Friday, 12 February 2016 15:28

12 Feb 2016 - If you are intending to apply to this programme, familiarise yourself with the HTA guidance on rules for internal pilot studies to progress to full HTA trials. The HTA Programme has developed a guidance document that gives advice about what progression targets HTA expects to see. The guidance is essential reading for those considering submitting an application to HTA, as it explains that HTA would “normally expect an internal pilot study to define clear progression rules to determine whether the substantive study should proceed or whether the study should be terminated at the end of the internal pilot. Progression rules may relate to any measure considered important to feasibility, such as the proportion of eligible patients recruited, compliance with protocol or retention in follow-up, but should always include a target for the number of patients recruited per site within a defined period of the internal pilot.”

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 11:37

From 2016 the NIHR is encouraging its funded researchers to provide an ORCID with new applications. This is not yet mandatory, but researchers are being encouraged to start using this system when submitting applications. As of the time of posting this notice, there are already 1,937,345 ORCIDs. For more information, visit the ORCID website.

HSCIC data access update

Monday, 01 February 2016 12:58

The Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is implementing a series of changes to the way it controls access to data. Some are operational to make it easier to submit applications. Some are a necessity to fulfil statutory requirements. All are designed to improve the standard of service they deliver. Here’s an update on progress.

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