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Medical Research Council Strategic Delivery Plan - gathering public perspectives
Overview

An opportunity to share your view on the MRC's new Strategic Delivery Plan

  • Multiple Dates
  • Public/Patient Representative
  • Influence

Aim

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a public body set up in 1913 to fund medical research that will improve human health and benefit society. The MRC receive a grant from the UK Government and they make this funding available to the world-class scientists in universities and their own institutes. Scientists apply to them with a proposal for a research project; they then review the application and decide which proposals they can fund.

Since April this year, the MRC has been part of a new organisation called UK Research and Innovation which brings together nine previously separate organisations that support different areas of research.

Every five years, the MRC develops and publishes a strategic plan setting out its aims and objectives, highlighting priority areas for research, and making commitments as to how it will meet the objectives.

The current plan, Research Changes Lives ends in 2019. A new plan is being developed through a process of engagement and discussion with a wide range of stakeholders including: researchers, government departments, universities, industry representatives, patient interest groups and charities and international partners. The new Strategic Delivery Plan will also complement and support the UK Research and Innovation strategy.

As part of the process to develop the Strategic Delivery Plan, the MRC is seeking views on the draft Plan from members of the public. This will help them to understand public views of the Plan and, once published, will help ensure their communications about the Plan are clear and easily understood.

Volunteer Criteria

Anyone is welcome to take part in this opportunity.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to attend a focus group meeting where you will look at the draft MRC Strategic Delivery Plan and share your thoughts on the document.

You will be sent a draft of the Plan to read in advance. You may also be asked to complete an online survey about the Plan before attending the meeting.

The meeting will run from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.

When and where?

The date and location is to be confirmed, please specify when you are registering to take part the date(s) you are available on.

The date options are as follows:

  • Wednesday 9 January 2019
  • Thursday 10 January 2019
  • Friday 11 January 2019

The meeting will take place in a town/city in the north of England. E.g. Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle

The date and location will be confirmed on Friday 21 December 2018.

Will I get anything for taking part?

The MRC follows the NHS/NIHR Policy on payment of fees and expenses.

You will be offered reasonable travel expenses for attending the meeting (valid receipts must be provided) and a payment will be made for your the time you spend preparing for and attending the meeting.

Location

  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE1

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