Engagement and participation in research

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It’s a key objective at the NIHR to encourage more health and care professionals to get involved in research.

Whether you’re passionate about research and want to embed research in your organisation, apply for one of our sponsored professional research awards or you have an idea to encourage a broader range of people getting involved in research, you’re in the right place.

Embedding a research culture

Last year more than 870,000 people took part in clinical research to help improve healthcare and develop life-saving treatments in the NHS and care organisations. It’s important that everyone who is involved in the health and care of patients and the public is aware of the research that’s taking place around them.

Find out how we have worked to embed research across the health and care sector.

Involve patients

Patients carers and the public are essential to our work. Health or social care professionals have a great opportunity to encourage more patients and carers to be part of research which will improve future health care and treatment.

Find out how to involve your patients in research.

Research awards

Each year the NIHR sponsor a range of Royal College awards to recognise and reward the inspirational work that is taking place across the NHS to make clinical research a core activity.

Find out which research awards are being supported this year and how to apply.

Small Grants Scheme

The Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Small Grants Scheme supports innovative practice to encourage patient and public involvement in health and social care research to become mainstream with grants typically between £500 - £1000. The scheme is funded and managed by the NIHR Clinical Research Network and has supported emerging practice since 2017.

Find out more about the PPIE Small Grants Scheme.

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