Grant Development and Writing Retreat

What is it?

The RDS Grant Development and Writing retreat is an ideal environment in which researchers can work intensively on their research proposals with support from RDS advisers who have a wide range of research skills and extensive experience of research design and grant writing. The Retreat will provide a supportive environment for individuals or teams of two or three people to develop high quality research proposals prior to application to national peer-reviewed funding programmes. Preference will be given to proposals for NIHR schemes, although applications to other funders of applied health and social care research will also be considered.


The 2018 Grant Development and Writing Retreat took place from 10th-12th September 2018. A date has not yet been set for future retreats.


To keep up to date with the Grant Development and Writing retreat, please keep checking this page, or sign up to the RDS SC weekly email bulletin. To be added to the mailing list, please email

Who should attend?

Applications are invited from individuals or teams of two or three people, at least one of whom must be a health or social care professional working in England.

When is it?

The Grant Writing Retreat usually happens in the autumn term (around September/October).

Where is it held?

The retreat is held in different locations across England. Please check the callout box above to see where the next retreat will be held.

How much does it cost?

As far as is possible, the RDS will try to provide the retreat for free. But each retreat is different, so please check the registration form for confirmation of whether there is a cost for registration, or email