Public involvement fund application guidance video

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service for the North West (RDS NW) encourages patient and public involvement (PPI) at all stages of research and encourages researchers to budget for PPI in research funding applications. However, we recognise that until research has been funded, researchers may find it difficult to pay for PPI involvement. This public involvement fund has been launched to support the costs of involving patients and the public in the early stages of research, while researchers are in receipt of NIHR RDS NW advice. Involving patients and members of the public at the earliest stage possible will help researchers to present a more compelling case for their study when submitting an application to research funding bodies; and could lead to higher quality research design.

Who is eligible?

Researchers in the North West who are:

  • Developing proposals for national, peer-reviewed open call funding competitions for applied health or social care research.
  • In receipt of advice from RDS NW for the same research project to which the public involvement fund applies.

How much researchers can ask for?

This would usually be up to a maximum of £350 per project.

For full details of the public involvement fund scheme, how to apply and to check if your proposed activities are eligible please see the public involvement fund scheme summary here.

How to apply

Please complete the application form which is available from the RDS NW coordinating office or your RDS NW adviser and send the completed form to the RDS NW co-ordinating office by email.

Not in receipt of advice for your project and would like advice?

If you are not in receipt of advice from the RDS NW for your project and would like advice on any aspect of research design then you can request advice here. Please note that eligibility criteria apply.

Examples of good applications

Please see the examples of good public involvement fund applications here before applying.