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PPI funding proposals: How to win over our judges

The hardest thing about submitting a grant application is often not knowing what the judges are looking for. So, with the call now open for this year’s NIHR Imperial BRC Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) grant scheme funding, but the deadline fast approaching, we thought we’d ask both past winners and members of the judging panel to share their thoughts and insights on what makes a winning patient and public involvement proposal…

 

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Case study #5: Establishing a public panel in research

In conversation with: Aime Boakye, Junior Study Coordinator and PPI/E Lead
Working within: HPRU in Respiratory Infections

Panel members reviewing an animated film about latent tuberculosis.

What did you do?

It was a primary aim of our NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Respiratory Infections to seek meaningful patient and public input in our three research areas: Influenza, Tuberculosis and Other Acute Respiratory Infections. Therefore, we appointed two patient representatives (for Flu and Tuberculosis) who were invited to our key strategic and public meetings.

Additional to that, in January 2017, we set up a panel of patients and members of the public who either had experience of respiratory conditions or were interested in our three research areas. We meet between two and three times a year for two hours where they helped us to identify, plan and design our research within the themes listed above.

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Case study #4: Research priority-setting – how feasible is a festival approach?

In conversation with: Raheelah Ahmad, NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellow
Working within: NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance


What did you do?

Our team (Raheelah Ahmad, Tim Rawson, Enrique Castro-Sánchez, Esmita Charani, Luke Moore and Alison Holmes) set out to explore if and how citizens would be willing to take part in setting priorities for research funding. (more…)

Case study #3: The Healthy Start, Happy Start Study

In conversation with: Rachael Ryan, Research Assistant
Working within: Centre for Psychiatry, Department of Medicine

Our study website (www.happystart.org.uk) was just one of the suggestions that came from our Study Advisory Group.



What did you do?

The Healthy Start, Happy Start (HSHS) study aims to help parents better understand their child’s communication and behaviour, and to learn different ways of reacting. We set up a Study Advisory Group (SAG) and asked them for ideas on participant recruitment and materials. The group has developed over time to also consider how to explain different parts of the research to participants and how to best keep participants engaged.

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Exciting opportunity to attend free course on co-creating solutions in health

Co-CReating Innovation Solutions for Health (CRISH) is an original two-day multidisciplinary course that aims to bring together health sector members, including patients, to support the co-creation of innovative research, policies, products or services that will promote and improve health. The course is delivered by EIT (European Institute of innovation & Technology) Health, of which Imperial College is a partner.

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Case study #1: LoL-Lab

In conversation with: Nathan Green, Research Fellow
Working within: HPRU (Modelling Methodology)


What did you do?

‘LoL-Lab’ was a collaboration between Imperial scientists and the public. We created and hosted a public ‘science comedy’ event, which was developed jointly with members of the public. LoL-Lab was designed to celebrate and share scientific achievements.

We aimed to connect researchers (i.e. biologists, epidemiologists, and mathematicians) with the public through light-hearted, plain-speaking 10-minute talks at an informal stand-up comedy evening event hosted by a professional comedian.

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