The RDS Charter

The RDS Charter

We will:

  • Offer professional advice on developing a grant application, free of charge.
  • Allocate a Research Design Service (RDS) lead to provide support and guidance.
  • Provide feedback on draft proposals in a timely manner using face-to-face meetings or other forms of communication, as appropriate.
  • Treat all our discussions and the information provided with appropriate confidentiality.
  • Facilitate the identification of a suitable funding stream for your project.
  • Facilitate the identification of suitable collaborators.
  • Give you access to a range of research support materials and signpost to further helpful resources.

We will not:

  • Help develop projects where there is no intention of submitting an application for peer review to a recognised funding stream.
  • Support applications that are not applying for funding from national peer-reviewed funding agencies.
  • Provide supervision or informal support for students.
  • Carry out any of the research unless we agree to be a co-applicant, where appropriate costs are included in the grant.

We expect that investigators will:

  • Approach us in a timely manner.
  • Acquaint themselves with the scope and eligibility of the targeted funding stream.
  • Work closely with their research team and will include them in discussions.
  • Consider our advice carefully.
  • Accurately reflect, in the application, the support that RDS has given.