Research News

Developing standards for public involvement in research

Friday, 10 March 2017 13:17

The Public Involvement Standards Development Network has been working to define standards for public involvement in research. If you're interested, you can sign up to receive project updates and be involved in developing the standards.

ICYMI - One-off bowel scope cuts cancer risk for at least 17 years

Friday, 10 March 2017 12:45

In case you missed it, on 21 February 2017 The Lancet published an article by BSG member Prof Wendy Atkin and colleagues. The subject was the outcome of an RCT funded by the NIHR EME programme and CRUK. The trial, with more than 170,000 participants, investigated the effect of a single flexible sigmoidoscopy (FS) on colorectal cancer incidence and mortality after 17 years of follow-up. The study showed that a one-off FS continues to provide significant levels of protection from colorectal cancer diagnosis and death, with protection lasting at least 17 years. The NIHR announced the findings in their own press release. Further background to the trial is available on Prof Atkins' website.

Wellcome Trust grant funding data 2015-2016

Thursday, 09 March 2017 11:25

The Wellcome Trust has announced the number and value of awards in their grant portfolio, their grant expenditure, and application and award rates. Referring to the gender and age profile data, they mentioned that "Women receive fewer of our more senior personal awards in Science, and in Humanities and Social Science. This is in line with the number of applications from women for those schemes." From 56% of studentships the rate reduces to only 22% of principle fellowships. This contrasts with the proportion of women on funding and interview committees (41%). Seems like an opportunity waiting to be taken!

Opportunities to influence health research in the UK with NIHR

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 09:25

NIHR research programme boards and panels select the most important research questions to commission, and make funding recommendations on project applications.

They are looking for additional expertise for the boards or panels of the following programmes:

  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme
  • NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme
  • NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme
  • NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme

Applications close on 21 April 2017 at 1pm. Further details and information on how to apply are available on our website:

There are also currently a number of opportunities for Chairs of their boards and panels:


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