There are many opportunities to get involved in health research. Many of these are advertised through the website People in Research. Other ways of getting involved are shown below. You can also visit the ‘How to join’ page to find out a little more about the ways you could be involved as part of these opportunities.
Identifying relevant research topics:
You can make a suggestion for a health or social care issue or area that you think should be researched. You can do this online here.
You can also suggest a topic to the Horizon Scanning Centre about a new health technology that is not yet available to patients.
Prioritising research topics:
Occasionally there are opportunities available which are based on a specific topic with organisations such as the James Lind Alliance. You can sign up to find out more about these sorts of opportunities on the website.
You can also be involved in reviewing research documents from a patient or service user perspective. You can sign up as a reviewer for NIHR research programmes by contacting us.
You can sit on a committee that prioritises research commissioning briefs or research applications. Current opportunities are advertised here.
Application and Funding:
You can also be involved in reviewing research applications from a patient or service user perspective. You can sign up as a reviewer for NIHR research programmes by contacting us.
You can sit on a committee that recommends whether research applications should receive funding. Current opportunities are advertised here.
Research management and delivery:
You can be involved as a member of a research team’s steering committee, advisory committee or reference group. Other people get involved as co-researchers. See People in Research to find these kinds of opportunities.
You can tell people about research and help to recruit them to take part in projects by volunteering to be a Patient Research Ambassador.
You can also take part in research by registering and looking for studies you would like to be involved in through the UK Clinical Trials Gateway, you can also sign up to the BioResource or the Join Dementia Research initiative.
Disseminating research findings:
You can work with the Dissemination Centre to get involved in ensuring that research results are written in plain English and can be understood by everybody.