Help make the case for investing in medical research

Posted on February 26, 2013 by

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Do you have examples that demonstrate the value of investing in medical research? The APPG on Medical Research – a group of MPs and peers supported by AMRC and others – is looking for case studies that show the importance of government investment in science. These need to show how medical research benefits the UK economy;  how important public spending on research is, and how money from government attracts further investment from charities and industry. We want to use these case studies to produce a booklet that shows the huge social benefits of medical research.

We need everyone to help us with this; whether you’re a researcher, a funding organisation, a business, someone who works in the NHS or just a really big fan of science, we need your help! Here’s how…

How you can help us

We are collecting data and case studies to illustrate:

  1. How investment in medical research by the Government, charities or private industry helps people 
  • These might be health benefits –  examples where research has improved people’s health or survival rates. These might be new drugs, surgical techniques or  life-style advice, for example.
  • Or social benefits – examples of where the research has enabled people to get back into work or maybe has improved education and staff training, making them more employable.
  • Or financial benefits for the UK – examples where public investment in medical research or infrastructure led to new businesses being established, new jobs or other activity that helps the UK economy, including further money being invested in the UK by charities and/or industry (or even foreign Governments!). This can include economic benefits in areas other than medicine – engineering for example.
  1. How Government, charities or private industry invest 
  • Partnerships – examples that show sectors working together: public-charity, public-industry, charity-industry or public-charity-industry! These should show how charities, private industry and public funders are working together and the benefits that this brings to each partner and/or the public. These might be co-funded projects, collaborations where one partner provides investment and the other expertise, or partnership funding schemes where public funding is paired with money attracted from charities or industry (AcoRD is an example of this).
  • Schemes that focus investment – it is not just money that is needed to create medical breakthroughs or encourages charities and industry to invest in medical research in the UK. We are also looking for examples where incentives or other forms of support have led to financial investments or had a significant impact on medicine or the UK economy. These might be targeted funding calls, the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), Biomedical Research Centres or apprenticeship schemes, for example.

The data or case study might be your own research or an initiative you’ve been involved in, or just something you read about and thought was cool. We want it all!

What will we do with the case studies?

The group will pull together the case studies that best illustrate the value of medical research in a booklet, which will be launched by the APPG on Medical Research at an event in Parliament in the autumn. It will be publicly available to anyone wishing to make the case for prioritising investment in medical research to ministers, politicians, civil servants and anyone else.

We will let you know if your case study is chosen to be included in the booklet and our writer may contact you to find out a little more about the case study.

What do we need?

Any case study – large or small – would be really appreciated. Recent examples from the past few years are preferred.

Please send your examples to appg@amrc.org.uk by the 29th March.

Including the following details to help us make the strongest case possible:

  • Who you are (so that we can get in touch if we need to know more about your case study, this won’t be published without your consent)
  • When and where the example is from (e.g. research at Sheffield University in 2011)
  • The aims of the research (if applicable)
  • References to where we can find the information and data
  • Accurate figures (where applicable)
  • Any other information you have – the more detail the better

Any questions?

If you have any questions about this work you can contact me at m.turner@amrc.org.uk.

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