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MRC peer review explained

Friday, 17 June 2016 15:06

The MRC funds research across the biomedical spectrum in all major disease areas. But do you know what happens to your MRC grant application when you press ‘submit’?

Familiarising yourself with MRC peer review will not only help you navigate the selection process but also learn more about what reviewers are looking for.

You are invited to go behind the MRC scenes in their short animation explaining how the MRC peer review process works.

Further Information

OSCHR Board Industry Vacancy

Thursday, 09 June 2016 11:12

A vacancy is available for an independent member (industry) of the board of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research.

The application pack is on the .gov website.

The closing date is midday on 12 August 2016.

MRC Guidance pack - methods for clinical trials

Thursday, 09 June 2016 11:07

The MRC Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research has recently updated the Guidance Pack. New guidance includes recommendations for maximising the impact of qualitative research in feasibility studies and issues to consider during the design of surgical trials.

The Guidance pack resource contains outputs from various HTMR Network funded initiatives. Many of these recommendations are also linked to from the NIHR CT toolkit.

INVOLVE - supporting active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research

Thursday, 09 June 2016 10:08

INVOLVE (est. 1996) is part of, and funded by, the National Institute for Health Research, to support active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. It is one of the few government funded programmes of its kind in the world.

As a national advisory group INVOLVE’s role is to bring together expertise, insight and experience in the field of public involvement in research. Their aim is to advance public involvement as an essential part of the process by which research is identified, prioritised, designed, conducted and disseminated.

INVOLVE defines public involvement in research as research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. This includes, for example:

  • working with research funders to prioritise research;
  • offering advice as members of a project steering group;
  • commenting on and developing research materials;
  • undertaking interviews with research participants.

When using the term ‘public’ they include:

  • patients
  • potential patients
  • carers
  • people who use health and social care services as well as people from organisations that represent people who use services.

INVOLVE also have a series of briefing notes available to download from the website in PDF form. They are primarily aimed at researchers new to public involvement, and will help them plan, resource and support public involvement in their work. They can be used as an index to see what other resource are currently available. However keep in mind that they will be continually updated and you will need to keep checking via the website.

The ten briefing notes currently available are as follows.

    Briefing notes for researchers: involving the public in NHS, public health and social care research:

  • Briefing note one: Introduction: Who are the briefing notes for?
  • Briefing note two: What is public involvement in research?
  • Briefing note three: Why involve members of the public in research?
  • Briefing note four: Why members of the public get involved in research
  • Briefing note five: Be accessible
  • Briefing note six: Who should I involve and how do I find people?
  • Briefing note seven: Collaboration
  • Briefing note eight: Getting started
  • Briefing note nine: What to do if things go wrong
  • Briefing note ten: Where to go for further information

INVOLVE publicly advertises for members for its advisory group every few years. They last recruited in 2012 and normally recruit every two to three years. A new recruitment round will begin in the autumn of 2016. They currently have 12 advisory group members.

How are INVOLVE advisory group members recruited? New members are recruited through public advertisements and interviews. Advisory group members are invited to join the INVOLVE Group on the basis of their ability to provide personal and/or professional expertise that will be valuable in moving INVOLVE’s work forward. Main Group members are appointed by the Director of Research and Development, Department of Health, England, often following a recommendation from the Chair of INVOLVE.

If you have any questions about membership, please contact INVOLVE on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call them on 02380 595628.

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