New NIHR centre for public involvement and research dissemination

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New NIHR centre for public involvement and research dissemination

Earlier this year the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced plans to open a new, single centre to develop and improve the ways that patients, carers, and the public can partner with the NIHR to advance research. The new centre will integrate this with work to enable health and care professionals, researchers, policy makers and the public make better use of the broad range of research evidence that the NIHR generates.

Establishment of the new centre, which will open in April 2020, is now underway.

Dr David King, Director of the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility and LGC’s Grant Management Group, said ““As the incoming provider for the new centre, we are working together with the NIHR INVOLVE and Dissemination Centre teams to plan and oversee the transition process. Our first priority has been to make sure that current staff are supported through transition. Now that this process has begun, I am pleased to say we are in a position to engage with and involve all partners interested in the development of the new centre, with a view to getting everything ready for its launch in April 2020. Initial plans for the new centre are outlined below. If you would like to indicate your interest in helping us to shape our future plans for PPIE and research dissemination, please let us know.

Focus of the new centre


Building on NIHR’s strong foundation and ongoing commitment to PPIE and research dissemination, and delivering on the intentions set out in Going the Extra Mile.


Ensuring a unified approach to PPIE and research dissemination activities across NIHR, with expertise, ideas and innovations shared across the system.


Developing complementary ways of presenting NIHR-funded research evidence through digital and social media channels – including videos, blogs and infographics – that make it easier to be used in the real world by a broad range of audiences.


Developing collaborations to test innovative ideas around PPIE and research dissemination from outside and inside the NIHR.


Helping researchers and communities to build up their understanding and expertise in PPIE and research dissemination.


  • Annual evaluation of projects for their innovative value by relevant experts to identify better practice for implementation across the NIHR
  • Targeted multimedia messages, designed and delivered through stakeholder engagement
  • Knowledge mobilisation and development of the networks required to translate research outcomes to new locations and audiences
  • Getting the best ideas and ways of working out into stakeholder communities in collaborative and co-produced ways.

To keep up to date with progress and news on this service register for updates at www.nihr.ac.uk

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