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A review of UK research funders research governance practices and arrangements

Date & Time:

18th June 2019
15:45 - 17:00


Hall 2a

The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. We fund leading research teams to produce knowledge and evidence on what works to improve the quality, accessibility, organisation and sustainability of health services in the UK.

In 2018, the Foundation conducted a benchmarking review of the research commissioning and governance processes adopted by UK funders of health and care research. The activity was part of a wider programme of work at the Foundation to support the development of a new research strategy.

The review showed that research funders place a strong emphasis on: 1) the use of panels and committees to help govern and manage funding programmes; 2) the use of independent experts to review applications and provide recommendations for funding; and 3) the importance of research integrity throughout the funding lifecycle. There were, however, notable differences in how funders commission and mange research funding.

This session brings together representatives from some of the UK’s largest research funders, including the NIHR, the Wellcome Trust, UKRI and the Health Foundation, as well as representatives from UK HEIs, to discuss the findings of the review, and explore with delegates how research funders can better support the research community.

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Presented by:

Shaun Leamon - Research Manager, The Health Foundation

Roger Blake - External Liaison Manager, Wellcome Trust

Charlotte England - Head of Governance, Performance and Improvement, National Institute for Health Research

Justine Daniels - Director of Research & KE, Manchester Metropolitan University

Sian Rowland - UKRI


Theme: Guest session
Level: Open to all
Date: 18th June 2019
Time: 15:45 - 17:00
Room: Hall 2a