Help inform MRC’s public partnerships strategy

The Medical Research Council (MRC) wants your thoughts on how they work in partnership to shape and share research.

MRC invests public money in world-class biomedical research and innovation that aims to improve human health and economic prosperity for everyone.

Strategy for public partnerships

MRC has co-developed a strategy for public partnerships to improve research and is inviting everyone to give their views on these plans.

This new draft strategy outlines the organisation’s ambitions for creating effective collaboration and genuine partnerships between researchers, MRC staff, professionals, individuals and communities over the next three years.

The consultation will run for three weeks from 8 to 29 January 2024.

Inviting input from all

To ensure the strategy reflects different life experiences, knowledge and perspectives, the organisation wants to hear from all individuals and communities, including:

  • research professionals
  • members of the public
  • patients
  • voluntary and community groups

This will help ensure the relevance of the research MRC supports and make it more likely that everyone will benefit from it.

Emily Lam, public contributor and member of the external advisory group for strategy co-development said:

Building a trusting relationship with the public requires a willingness to listen to different groups in the community.

Understanding is the first building block for all relationships if they are to have any lasting value.

Getting involved

Feedback is invited through an online questionnaire that asks six questions.

All responses will be reviewed and the results will be used to inform the final MRC strategy for public partnerships.

The draft MRC strategy for public partnerships is part of a wider commitment across UK Research and Innovation to improve how the organisation involves people in research.

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