Learn about the Small Grants Scheme

Supporting Innovation in Practice: Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement in Research

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The Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement in Research Small Grants Scheme supports innovative practice in patient and public involvement in health and social care research. It helps patient and public involvement 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.


Here are some examples of previous projects supported by the Scheme:

Supporting those with dementia

  • Engaging people living with dementia and their supporters to develop their confidence in public speaking and facilitation skills in order to host a workshop at Every Third Minute. This is a festival of theatre, dementia and hope at Leeds Playhouse which raises awareness about research and Join Dementia Research through short performances in local community settings with associated research cafes.

Digital technology

  • Using  text messaging to communicate with patients and raise awareness of research opportunities in primary care by piloting a number of different text messaging campaigns
  • Using hand held devices to enable stroke patients to give real time feedback on their experiences of taking part in research

Supporting equality and diversity

  • Supporting the development of Gypsy & Travelling (G&T) community leader(s) as patient research ambassadors, to build understanding about research and the benefits of participation in research with this community

 For more information about these projects, contact crnppie@nihr.ac.uk

Applications to the Scheme

The Scheme is currently closed for applications, and winners will be announced in August.

Here are some resources to help you develop innovative practice in your local area:

1. Being inclusive in Public Involvement in Health Research

2. Guidance on Co-producing a Research Project

3. Toolkit for Increasing Participation of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Groups in Health and Social Care Research

4. Involving Children and Young People

Related pages

NIHR blog