Public involvement funds

It is considered good practice to involve members of the public as early as possible in the research design process. Funding public involvement at the grant application stage can be challenging. The RDS ‘Public Involvement Funds’ aim to bridge that gap. Funds are available to help facilitate public involvement in the development of research ideas and research applications.

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.
  • are in receipt of advice from RDS NW for the same research project to which the public involvement fund applies.
  • will use the Funds to meaningfully involve the public in the development of research ideas and design of funding applications.
  • have enough time to undertake proposed involvement fund activities, before the intended funding application.

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.

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.

Public involvement fund top tips

The RDS NW public involvement team, who review and offer feedback on applications,  give their top tips here to maximise the benefit of your planned activities.