Chapter 11: Taking priorities to research funders

The JLA process is designed to produce research priorities.  Once the priorities have been agreed, the Steering Group should take responsibility for finding ways to disseminate them and identify potential opportunities for funded research.  At this stage, the JLA Adviser’s role is usually reduced, although they may be able to provide examples of dissemination activities from previous PSPs.

Top 10s vary in the way they are worded and presented.  They contain questions and topics which matter to patients, carers and clinicians, articulated in terms which a wide audience can understand.  However they are not usually finely-worded research questions that research funders can immediately work with.  Further work is likely to be required by the Steering Group to turn the prioritised uncertainties into questions that fulfil a research funder’s requirements.  Some PSPs have created a sub-group of the Steering Group to take the lead on this work and to work in collaboration with funders and researchers to create researchable questions which address the topics raised by the PSP.  This may involve going back to the original survey submissions to identify the interventions and outcomes which patients, carers and clinicians highlighted as important aspects of the questions.

PSPs can help to make research happen by promoting their priorities to key people:

  • patients and carers
  • research funders
  • researchers and
  • the wider research and policy community.