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Help make the case for medical research

The APPG on Medical Research is launching a competition today to find case studies that show the benefits of investing in medical research - health, social and economic. Winners will have the opportunity to present their case studies on posters at a Parliamentary Summer Reception on Tuesday 3 June and be featured in a booklet that will be launched at the event.

We want to bring research to life and show Parliamentarians and policy makers why public, private and charity research funders need their continued support as we head into the 2015 election and the next spending round. And we need your help.

Entries should be emailed to appg@amrc.org.uk by Friday 14 March.

What type of case study are you looking for?

We are looking for examples that show how charities are improving care for patients and contributing to the government’s growth agenda and Strategy for UK Life Sciences. We also want to show where government initiatives have made research possible and yielded benefits, or could do more. This may be through investment by research councils or the Technology Strategy Board for example, it may be partnership funding such as the Charity Research Support Fund and AcoRD, or by creating the right regulatory environment for innovation. 

The ideal case study will be of research where we can illustrate tangible benefits, these may stem directly from a  particular project or research group, or be the accumulative impact of a stream of research. This may be research that your organisation has funded, or supported in some other way. It may be a collaboration with a public research funder or the NHS, or the pharmaceutical or biotech sectors. The important thing is that the benefits are clear to see.

The competition is split into three categories to help us show the different benefits of research:

  1. Health benefits
  2. Social benefits
  3. Economic benefits

What do I need to do?

First, download this form and read the information carefully before completing. Choose which benefit category you are entering: health, social or economic and then in 300 words describe the case study. You can submit as many case studies as you like but bear in mind that we will be looking for case studies that show a range of different benefits and issues. Send your submissions using the form to appg@amrc.org.uk by Friday 14 March.

You will also need to make sure two people are able to attend the Summer Reception between 4pm and 6pm on the 3 June in the Palace of Westminster.  

What will happen if my case study is selected?

The competition will be judged by a panel of experts headed by Lord Turnberg, the APPG's Chair. We will tell you whether your case study has been selected by 7 April. If your case study is chosen you will need to produce an A0 poster summarising the research and it's benefits. Two people may attend the reception to present the poster on 3 June at 4pm. Our writer may also need to contact you to ask for more information in order to write up your case study for inclusion in the booklet being launched at the event. You can see the booklet with case studies from our previous reception in 2012 here.

Full details about the competition, an entry form and FAQ are available here. If you have any other questions just get in touch.