What is the Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS)?   

IMPORTANT UPDATE: This year’s Health and Care Research Wales RfPPB grant closes at 13:00 on 5 December 2018. If you would like help with your proposal, contact us before 31 October 2018.

The All Wales Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS) is a Health and Care Research Wales funded initiative operating through three trials units across Wales: Swansea Trials Unit (STU, Swansea University), RDCS SE Wales based in the Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff UniversityNorth Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (NWORTH, Bangor University); and with support from the Welsh Health Economics Support Service (WHESS).


Advice is available on all aspects of developing grant applications, including:

  • Focusing ideas and refining the research question(s)
  • Building an appropriate research team
  • Involving patients and carers in all stages of the research process
  • Overall research design
  • Choice and application of research methodologies for both qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Choice and application of health economic objectives and methods
  • Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs)
  • How to conduct literature searches and undertake systematic reviews
  • Identifying the resources required for a successful project
  • Identifying suitable funding opportunities
  • Signposting researchers to other sources of research expertise and support, including identifying possible research partners


The Research Design & Conduct Service (RDCS) Charter sets out the quality and scope of advice offered by our design service. It also lists the expectations we have from researchers accessing our advice.

If you need advice, please go to our Request for Support form here.