Joint Research Office


Funding for Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) now available

21 June 2021

Are you a researcher at UCLH, UCL or a UCL Partners organisation? Do you want to involve patients and the public in your research, but are struggling to source funding to support their involvement? 

The University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) are now offering bursaries to help researchers fund patient involvement in their study.

The institute can offer up to four £500 starter grants to researchers looking to run small patient and public involvement (PPI) activities, and one innovation grant worth up to £2000 to researchers planning a PPI activity that uses an innovative approach to involving patients and the public that will have a wider impact on the practice of PPI.

They are also offering two grants of up to £300 specifically for PhD students to carry out PPI.

Researchers and PhD students are eligible if they – or the lead researcher for their project – are based at UCL. Priority is currently being given to PPI in Covid-19 research.

The Biomedical Research Centre welcomes all applications, particularly from those who plan to involve groups who are currently under-represented in research. 

Evidence of PPI in research is increasingly required by major funding bodies in the UK, and the BRC expects investigators wherever possible to actively involve patients and the public in their research.

PPI can lead to treatments that better meet the needs of users and the public, and research results that are more likely to be put into practice.

To find out more and apply, visit the BRC bursary pages here.

The deadline for all applications is midnight on the 4 July 2021.