Contact Form

Please fill in the following details as completely as you can. If you need further assistance please contact us by phone on 0191 208 7000.

1. Contact Details

If you are unsure, please leave this blank and move on to the next question
If RDS NENC can assist, we normally offer clients a one hour appointment with an advisor. To speed up the meeting process, it would be really helpful if you could provide us with three dates and times you will be available during the four week period after the date of submission of this form (if your deadline is within four weeks then please provide your earliest availability).
Appointments are available between 10:00-16:00, however if you would like to request an appointment outside these core hours, please let us know.

2. Funding

If you are unsure, please move on to Q3

3. Project Details

If you are unsure, tell us what topic you are interested in
If you are responding to a commissioning brief or other call for applications, please provide details of the brief/call.

4. Support

What type of advice and support are you interested in? (Please tick all that apply.)

Includes: Study Design/Formulating & clarifying a research question/Peer review/ finding suitable funding source/ Finding clinical partners
Clinical trial design and conduct
Patient and Public Involvement advice/ Consumer panel/ Online panel review
Qualitative research methods
Statistical methods
Project management/ Regulatory, governance and ethical issues

5. Terms and conditions / Privacy Policy

The Research Design Service will only provide advice if an advice request meets the eligibility criteria set out in the RDS Charter

We take every care to provide accurate and up-to-date information and advice through our advice service, website, publications or any other service we provide, however the information we provide is subject to change and we cannot guarantee its correctness or completeness at any given time. We cannot guarantee the accuracy and appropriateness of the advice given by our service, although every effort is made to ensure high quality up-to-date advice is provided.

Although every reasonable effort will be made, we cannot guarantee advice to be given by a particular deadline, such as a funding deadline or within a particular timeframe.

Every effort will be made to provide advice where eligible. However we may not have the capacity to support applications in the timeframe required and reserve the right to prioritise advice giving under these circumstances.

Links provided on the RDS website are for information and convenience only. We do not accept responsibility for the sites linked to, or the information found there. A link does not imply an endorsement of a site. You are solely responsible for evaluating the accuracy and completeness of any information contained on the third party website, and also the value and integrity of any goods and services offered by other websites. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and have no control over the availability of the linked pages.

We do not accept liability for any loss, damage or expense resulting from the use of information, advice or any service provided by the RDS.

All content provided by the RDS is copyright unless otherwise stated. The RDS may change these terms and conditions at any time and without warning.

Any new versions of the terms and conditions will supersede previous versions.

Data Protection and Privacy

Research Design Service North East and North Cumbria (RDS NENC) is funded by the National Institute for Health Research to provide research design advice for health and social care researchers in the North East of England.

The RDS NENC complies fully with the General Data Protection Regulations. All information that you provide us with will be treated in the strictest confidence. Your contact details are collected to facilitate our advice provision.

When you contact RDS NENC we may ask you for your contact details, which include your name and a method of contact such as your email address or telephone number. This personally identifiable information is stored securely by the RDS NENC and only members of the RDS NENC staff are able to access this information. No personally identifiable information provided to the RDS NENC will be passed on or otherwise distributed to any third party (any organisation or person outside the RDS NENC) by RDS NENC staff, except where individual consent has been sought and granted or there is an overriding statutory obligation to do so.

RDS NENC staff may also ask you for other details which may include, for example, your occupation and the organisation at which you are employed. These details will be used for various analyses of the service and in reports to other organisations. The information presented from the analyses will be anonymous and will not be linked to any personally identifiable information.

You will be asked to let us know about outcomes of your research application. All publically funded projects funding panel minutes and decisions are made openly available and all successful applications are made available via the Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC). If we are unable to obtain an outcome from you then we will use publically available sources, such as Europe PMC or information gained from funders to determine an application’s outcome.

If you wish to contact the RDS NENC to ensure that your contact details are correct and up-to-date or to ask for your contact information to be removed from our records, please contact RDS NENC at:  Telephone (0191) 208 7000, E-mail

You can also contact Newcastle University’s Data Protection Officer at: Maureen Wilkinson, Data Protection Officer, Newcastle University, Claremont Tower, Claremont Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, United Kingdom, Email

Should you have any complaint about the way that RDS NENC processes your personal information you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner by visiting – – or by writing to the Commissioner at – The Information Commissioner, Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Your contact information will be removed from our records, one year after the end of the RDS NENC contract period (currently one year from 30/09/2018), unless the information relates to a financial transaction when we are obliged to retain it for up to seven years for auditing purposes.

If we decide to change our Data Protection and Privacy Statement, we will post details of any changes on the data protection section of the RDS NENC website ( This will help ensure that you are always aware of what personal information we collect, how we use it, how long we will retain it for and under what circumstances, if any, we share it with other parties.

Please contact if you require any further information.

Please also see our cookie policy.


Updated: 24 May 2018

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