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Can research development bursaries for patient and public involvement have a positive impact on grant applications? A UK-based, small-scale service evaluation.
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PMID:  24102936     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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BACKGROUND: Increasingly, research grant awarding bodies are regarding involvement at all stages of research, including prior to funding, as good practice. However, it is unclear how researchers should pay for this. Therefore, a pre-funding bursary scheme was designed. Up to £500 could be requested for involvement to develop a grant application for which user involvement is a key requisite for the funding body concerned. As the bursary scheme had run for 2 years, an evaluation was conducted to ascertain whether the scheme was effective for incorporating early involvement and in developing the grant proposal.
RESULTS: Twelve applications were made of which all were funded. The mean amount requested was £432.91; with the mean amount awarded £308.72. The involvement activities conducted all used qualitative methodology. Feedback regarding the bursaries was positive: enabling refinement of the research question and design; developing dialogue between the service users and the researchers; and helping with team building, with service users sometimes becoming co-applicants or members of the steering groups. The bursaries provided a learning opportunity - about involvement for the researchers and about research for the service users. The ultimate aim of the scheme was to enhance the research grant. Regarding this, the involvement paid for by the bursary meant that applicants could complete the involvement sections with in-depth information and clarity.
CONCLUSION: For a relatively small financial outlay, appropriate involvement was made possible at an important part of the research process which is usually neglected due to lack of funding. Recommendations for implementation made.
Authors:
Dawn-Marie Walker; Raksha Pandya-Wood
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-9-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1369-7625     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Expect     Publication Date:  2013 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-10-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815926     Medline TA:  Health Expect     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
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