There is evidence to suggest that researchers who involve the user/beneficiary group of their research during the early stages of the design phase are more likely to produce research results that have a real impact on that user/beneficiary community.

We actively encourage applicants to the Mental Health Research Programme to engage early with the user/beneficiary group(s) of the research they wish to conduct and expect all applicants to mention this consideration when making an application. How best to engage with the relevant user/beneficiary group will depend on the project concerned and the design. Applicants may find the following resources helpful: