Our application clinics bring together researchers and people affected by epilepsy to encourage and enable discussion and debate about a potential grant application.
Researchers attend a virtual meeting with two members of the Shape Network that is facilitated by Epilepsy Research UK. During the clinics, discussion topics include how the research will benefit people affected by epilepsy and how best to involve people with lived experience. Network members also advise the researcher on ways to make the complex scientific language more accessible, and how best to communicate the potential impact of the research.
For researchers, understanding the needs of people affected by epilepsy, working through the practicalities of research involvement, and demonstrating the potential impact is invaluable. For people affected by epilepsy, knowing they have influenced the potential success of life changing research is hugely rewarding. For Epilepsy Research UK, we know this is another vital step in ensuring the research we fund has been rigorously assessed by experts by experience.
Find out more about the Shape Network in our 2022 Focus Spring Newsletter here.