Publish date: 27 July 2023

On behalf of Patient and Public Involvement (Innovation, Research, Life Sciences and Strategy Group, NHS England):

Join one of three upcoming webinars to find out more about new funding to support ICSs, the Voluntary and community sectors and research partners.  The funding can be used for partnerships working together to increase diversity in research participation.

As we have seen throughout recent years, research can be transformative for the health sector. Research can help ICSs to address community-driven health priorities and to plan for healthier futures.

NHS England’s Innovation, Research and Life Sciences team are launching a programme to support ICSs to increase diversity in research participation through the development of new or existing research networks and activity. ICSs will need to do this in partnership with their VCSE alliance, and their local NIHR Clinical Research Network or other NIHR infrastructure.

ICSs are invited to work with local partners to deliver locally driven approaches that:

  • develop or establish local multi-stakeholder research engagement networks
  • engage with local communities to build awareness of and increase inclusive opportunities to take part in research
  • develop a greater diversity of local participation in research


ICS partnerships will be awarded up to £100,000 each to develop locally determined approaches to deliver these ambitions. Find out more information (including how to apply) about this funding opportunity by joining one of the webinars below.  Please contact if you have any queries or would like to be directed to local NIHR or VCSE partners. 


Thursday 27th July 10:00 – 11:00,

Friday 28th July 11:00 – 12:00


Monday 7th August 13:00 – 14:00

National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme

NHS England