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If you are involved in research and would like to contribute more resources to the pages, please feel free to contact Louise King so that we can all work together to enhance standards of medical research.

Resources for researchers - Getting it ready

This page includes resources for the preparation of research process, including applying for grants, study designs and methodologies.

General resources
Applying for grants
In vitro
In vivo

General resources

Study design


  • The IDEAL Framework describes the stages of interventional therapy innovation, and the characteristics and study design types recommended for each

   (Recommended by Allison Hirst)

Systematic reviews/meta-analysis

Cochrane Handbook of Systematic Review of Interventions

  • The Cochrane Handbook provides methodological guidance for systematic review

   (Recommended by Simon Knight)

  • The PRISMA statement contains guidelines (checklist and flow diagram) for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, adopting the definitions used by the Cochrane collaboration

(Recommended by Simon Knight)

Oxford Library Guide on Systematic Reviews
  • A list of books and articles for systematic review
  • An artificial intelligence website that finds related research papers
  • Registration of systematic review protocols

(Recommended by Simon Knight)

Database library

  • Contains protein sequence and functional information

(Recommended by Paul Bateman)

  • Protein database
  • DNA sequencing program
  • A website by the U.S. National Library of Medicine that analyses the similarity between DNA of organisms
  • The program (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) compares nucleotide or protein sequences to sequence databases and calculates the statistical significance

  • Stands for Polymorphism Phenotyping v2
  • Predicts the impact of amino acid substitution on the structure and function of human protein



The Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU) logo

  • The Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU) is a multidisciplinary team who provide training and support for the development of surgical trials and future trialists

(Recommended by Claire Thomson)

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  • Online power calculators for different study types

(Recommended by Simon Knight)

Research Randomizer

  • Generates random number sequences for experimental and clinical studies

(Recommended by Simon Knight)

Applying for grants

Funding opportunities

Please see the list of current funding opportunities on the NDS Intranet.

Information on funding opportunities can also be found in the Researchers' Toolkit on the MSD website.

In vitro

JAX (The Jackson Laboratory)
  • Gives advice on mouse strains and creating new mutations and knockouts

(Recommended by Fadi Issa)

  • A website by the National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research
  • Gives advice on techniques to reduce/replace/refine animal experiments for humane animal research

(Recommended by Fadi Issa)

In vivo

There are currently no recommendations.


There are currently no recommendations.