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Residential Research Retreat
26th to 28th November 2019. Dillington House - Somerset. Now closed to applications.

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Conditions of entry


Places on the Residential Research Retreat 2019 are limited and teams must meet the eligibility criteria to be considered for the competition to win a place. The conditions of entry are described below, however if you have any questions about these or any other aspect of the application process then do please contact the Retreat lead adviser, Andy Barton, at, who will be happy to discuss this further with you.

Conditions of entry

  • Each team must comprise two, three or four individuals, at least one of whom must be employed in an NHS, social care or public health organisation in the South West. Previous research experience is not a prerequisite for all members of the team, but the ability of the team to undertake the project will be taken into consideration in the selection process. Multi-disciplinary teams with varied research experience will be considered favourably, and a mix of clinical and academic skills and experience is preferable. The team may include service users or carers (the Retreat venue is fully ‘accessible’ however we are unable to provide carer support).
  • A minimum of two team members must commit to attending residentially for the full duration of the Retreat, while one or two others may attend residentially or on a day basis. The residential nature of the Retreat is absolutely key to maximising the potential benefit for teams, who often work past normal working hours, continuing discussions with the advisers and indeed other teams.
  • Applications for the Retreat must be submitted by 1pm Friday 16th August 2019. The more effort you put into an outline proposal and literature search the better your chances of being selected to attend. Indicative criteria for the assessment of the scientific quality of the proposals are available on this web site and you are strongly advised to read these prior to application.
  • You are also strongly recommended to discuss your proposal with your local RDS office. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications by mid September.
  • Teams are responsible for ensuring that funding to cover their participation is in place. Places cost £375 per fully residential team member. Any team member who can only stay for part of the Retreat will be charged £225 and for those who attend during the day only there will be a daily charge of £100. Most teams attending in previous years have obtained funding from their NHS Trusts, which have been very supportive of this event.
  • Teams need to recognise that the residential part of this event is only one component of the project development support package offered by the Retreat. Your local RDS office will be available to help with your application to the Retreat. Afterwards, you will be supported by them until your application for funding has been submitted.
  Teams must make a full application by 1pm Friday 16th August using the application form. Applications should be submitted by email to

A copy of Section D of the application form signed by all the applicants should reach the RDS-SW by post or email no later than 1pm Friday 30th August 2019 at the following address:

Sue Anderson – RDS Coordinator (Peninsula)
Research Design Service South West
Room N16, ITTC Building
Plymouth Science Park
Davy Road, Derriford
Devon, PL6 8BX


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