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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.

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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.

UEG Rising Stars 2017

Thursday, 26 May 2016 06:37

Application period begins 1 June 2016

Every year, the National Societies Committee and the UEG Scientific Committee jointly select 6-8 emerging clinical scientists as 'Rising Stars', based on a track record of international quality research and developing scientific independence. This initiative provides a durable platform for these young researchers to further evolve their professional careers.

Applications are invited from the following target group:

  • Clinical scientists at any level (but a full professor title will not be accepted)
  • 40 years of age or younger at the time of application (born September 16, 1975 or later)*
  • Must have as country of residence Europe (including UK) and/or a country bordering the Mediterranean Sea
  • Candidates may apply maximum 3 times for the Rising Star Award

*add two years to age limit per child as main carer

To apply, please follow these steps:

  • Download and carefully read the criteria for applicants and selection process
  • Download and complete the 2017 application form
  • Download the Template for Society's support confirmation (which must be completed and signed by the supporting Society)
  • Email all application documents by 1 September 2016 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for review by the nominations panel. Applicants will be told whether their application for nomination was successful no later than 12 September
  • Submit the completed forms via the UEG's online Application system

Enquiries to UEG should be directed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The UEG application deadline is 15 September 2016.

Please note that you must be a member of the BSG if you would like the BSG to consider supporting your application.

eBook - On Evaluating Healthcare System Innovations

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 09:06

An e-book published today is the first to comprehensively address the challenges faced by healthcare providers in evaluating system-level innovations in healthcare services in an evolving landscape.

If innovations can be better evaluated then better, evidence-based decisions can be made by healthcare providers to improve the quality of health services in the UK.

Entitled ‘Challenges, solutions and future directions in the evaluation of service innovations in health care and public health’, the book is the result of a partnership between the MRC, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Health Foundation, together with Universities UK and Academy Health.

The e-book, edited by Professor Rosalind Raine at University College London and Professor Raymond Fitzpatrick at the University of Oxford, brings together a global range of expert opinion following a two-day symposium in London last year. The event saw over ninety world-leading applied health researchers and methodologists debate how to address increasing complexity, diversity and pace of change within health systems.

The first edition of the e-book will be published through the NIHR’s Health Services and Delivery Research journal.

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