Public involvement in research means your work is done in collaboration with the public, not 'to', 'about' or 'for' them.
It does not refer to taking part in research as a research participant or as a research subject.
We are committed to improving, supporting and encouraging you to involve patients and the public in your work and at the earliest opportunity.
We have produced new guidance to help our applicants better demonstrate where they have involved the public in their research applications and the difference that made.
The guidance sets out how applicants should present their information on public involvement within the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) in a way that is most useful to Research Ethics Committees (RECs).
The question specific guidance was developed following a number of workshops we held with REC members, who told us information about how applicants have involved the public in their research design and development could help them when conducting their ethical review, but rarely does.
Top tips for public involvement in your research application
While our public involvement guidance is integrated within IRAS, our top tips for public involvement page outlines how you can demonstrate how patients and the public have contributed to the design of your research in your research ethics application.
Resources and further reading
- Impact of public involvement on the ethical aspects of research - evidences how public involvement can help to make research more ethical and produce better outcomes; and
- Public involvement in research and research ethics committee review - offers guidance on public involvement within ethical review.
- INVOLVE website
- People in Research website – a website for the public to search for opportunities to be involved in research and for researchers to advertise opportunities for the public to be involved in their research.