Working with DECIPHer

To promote collaboration and share expertise, high-quality research aligned with DECIPHer’s aims can become part of DECIPHer’s research portfolio through DECIPHer adoption.

DECIPHer adoption should ideally be sought before a bid for funding is submitted, and is open to all projects fitting the criteria below, including PhD studentship and fellowship applications. If you have an initial research idea, we may also be able to support you in developing this into a funded project by means of a research development group.

Benefits of DECIPHer adoption

Researchers on DECIPHer-adopted projects have access to:

  • Relevant support and expertise from DECIPHer researchers;
  • Opportunities to collaborate and share knowledge with DECIPHer’s network of people conducting high-quality research in similar fields;
  • DECIPHer’s multidisciplinary public health intervention research forum and journal club;
  • Support with incorporating public involvement and knowledge exchange into your research;
  • DECIPHer’s advisory group of young people, ALPHA;
  • Use of the DECIPHer logo and branding on project outputs and publicity materials.

To qualify for DECIPHer adoption, the DECIPHer Executive will look for evidence that your study:

  • Is related to public health in its broadest sense;
  • Is predominantly about children or young people;
  • Involves collaboration between at least two of more of Cardiff, Bristol and Swansea Universities*;
  • Has a rigorous research design, preferably involving a complex intervention;
  • Involves at least one existing member of DECIPHer staff*. The DECIPHer Executive may be able to suggest DECIPHer collaborators; please indicate on your adoption form or contact Elizabeth Doe if this would be appropriate for your study.

* Not applicable if the study is a PhD or personal fellowship.

For examples of current DECIPHer-adopted projects, see the Research page.

Please note that if adopted by DECIPHer, we require that:

  • You communicate all outputs related to your work to the DECIPHer Research Coordinator. These include: published papers, articles and book chapters, and oral and poster presentations at events.
  • You acknowledge DECIPHer and its funders in any such outputs, using the DECIPHer logo, poster/presentation template, and required acknowledgement text.
  • Papers are to be published in open access journals.

DECIPHer affilitation

If your project does not fulfil the criteria for adoption but is relevant to DECIPHer’s work (for example, observational or experimental public health research that does not focus on a complex intervention), it may be eligible for DECIPHer affiliation.

DECIPHer-affiliated projects have access to:

  • DECIPHer researchers’ expertise and support with your research;
  • DECIPHer’s multidisciplinary public health intervention research forum and journal club;
  • Opportunities to collaborate and share knowledge with DECIPHer’s network of people conducting high-quality research in similar fields.

How to apply

Please submit a completed Adoption Form to Elizabeth Doe (doeec1@cardiff.ac.uk) to be reviewed at the next meeting of the DECIPHer Executive. Following this, you will receive a decision and/or feedback on your project.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Elizabeth Doe.

Research in Wales

If you are conducting research in Wales, your project may also be eligible for adoption by the Public Health Improvement Research Network (PHIRN), and the associated support this offers. Please see the PHIRN website for more details.

Further opportunities for working with DECIPHer

Please see our Careers and PhD research pages for details of other opportunities within DECIPHer.