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Community Engagement Funding for Local Organisations


The National Institute for Health & Care Research (NIHR) has recently launched a funding opportunity in the West of England. This funding is open to community organisations that aim to increase access to research within their communities.


The NIHR funding offered via the Clinical Research Network West of England totals £10,000 - to be spent on projects delivered between January and March 2023.


The NIHR Clinical Research Network is acutely aware that health and care research is not as inclusive and accessible as it should be. They would like to invite community organisations in the West of England to propose ideas for projects that aim to increase access to research within their communities.

They are keen for projects to be led by the community and to be designed in a way that works for them. They are open to the ideas of communities and are very flexible in how people choose to approach the project. NIHR hope to work with several different community organisations and share the funding to try a number of approaches.


Projects could include helping local communities find out more about what health and care research is, how it can benefit them, how they can take part in research and get more involved in other research opportunities that are taking place locally. This could take the form of hosting awareness events, workshops, or focus groups in the community.


If you have an idea for a relevant project, or fancy an informal chat about the funding options, NIHR encourage you to email Holly Ayres by Friday 25th November.

Contact details and more information - including potential project ideas and inspiration - can be found by clicking here.


More about the NIHR...

The NIHR works in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government and the public to fund, enable and deliver world-leading health and social care research. Funded by the Department of Health and Social care, the NIHR invests more than a billion pounds a year in research.


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