Bursaries available to Patient Research Partners to attend the International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference 2024

The International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference (ICTMC) is the leading international platform for researchers and health professionals to present the very latest in trials methodology research – which includes patient and public involvement. We want to make sure patient research partners with an interest and experience in research methods are able to join our discussions and make the most of the networking, learning and development opportunities.

The Bursaries

The Academy of Medical Sciences and the UKCRC Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) Network are supporting four bursaries for Patient Research Partners to attend the 7th ICTMC conference in 2024, organised by the MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership.

The bursaries will be open to applicants who have been involved in clinical trials or health research as a public contributor, and who can demonstrate an interest in or experience of working in trials methodology.

Successful applicants will receive funding of up to £1,000 for the following:

•    Travel to and from the venue
•    Accommodation and meals
•    Conference registration

The bursary will fund second-class rail travel to successful applicants. If travelling by car is required, applicants will need to explain why rail travel would not be possible; if approved, mileage would be paid at 45p per mile.

What is Trials Methodology Research?

Trials methodology research considers how clinical trials are designed, conducted, analysed and reported. Improving how we do trials, and involve patients and the public, has the potential to improve health. It is also about improving how we tell patients and the public about clinical trials and their findings. For example, researchers in this area might be interested in answering the following:
•    What is the best way to recruit patients affected by a particular condition, or from a particular cultural group?
•    Which research tool is the best at measuring pain?
•    What is the best way to tell children and young people about our research findings?

You can learn more by watching this video What is Trials Methodology?

What is the Trials Methodology Research Partnership (TMRP)?

The TMRP brings together organisations from the UK and Ireland working in trials and trials methodology research.  The Partnership has been funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Bursary Application

Please complete the application form and return to Kerrie McGiveron, kerriemc@liverpool.ac.uk by Thursday 30th May 2024. We will use the information supplied in this application form to select and notify successful applicants by Friday 28th June 2024.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to awarding the bursaries that reflect diverse communities. To do this we need your help in filling out our optional EDI form. The information you provide will help support us ensure that our processes are fair. You can select "prefer not to say" if you would rather not answer any question. Please send this to kerriemc@liverpool.ac.uk along with your application form.