Population Research Innovation Workshops
Our 3-day sandpit workshops foster multidisciplinary innovation in population research.
This intensive but exciting process involves real-time peer review to help workshop participants develop their ideas from start to finish, supporting and transforming research ideas into pilot studies.
The workshops are highly collaborative, bringing together a range of experts across disciplines:
25 participants including researchers, healthcare professionals, policy makers and technologists
A senior academic guides the workshop and facilitates innovative thinking
Subject guides, specialists in their fields, encourage and stretch participants’ ideas by making connections – both between participants and to the wider body of knowledge
PPI representatives help participants focus on patient and public benefit
The workshops are designed to foster innovation:
The group define the scope of the challenge and build on collective knowledge
Challenge themes have included ‘Harder to Reach Groups’, ‘Risk Perceptions’, ‘Early Years’, ‘Decision-making’, and ‘Harnessing Technology’
Ideas are developed using real-time peer review
Outputs are captured in highly innovative feasibility study proposals
Successful project teams are awarded one year of seed funding to conduct pilot and feasibility work, with the aim that they will then be in a position to apply for further funding to develop the ideas.
How to apply
We currently run workshops in cancer prevention and in early diagnosis. We run two workshops in each topic per year, and every workshop has a set theme. To check your eligibility and apply to take part, consult the pages below.
"This is a very different experience. Sometimes it puts you out of your comfort zone. But it was such a thrill!"
– Dr Gozde Ozakinci
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