RCGP Scientific Foundation Board (SFB) Member: Patient Public Involvement representative

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The Scientific Foundation Board (SFB) was established in 1976 as a charitable funding body of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). The SFB awards grants for research projects whose findings will be of direct relevance to the care of patients in the general practice setting.

Members of the SFB include academic GPs and primary care scientists and are appointed by existing membership of the Board and ratified by the RCGP council. Members selected in this manner may serve up to two three-year terms of office.

Baseline time commitment

Review of annual grant applications for up to £30,000 between August and September and attendance at the annual SFB meeting (usually November). This meeting typically lasts for 4 hours.

Ad-hoc review of grant applications for up to £2000 as directed by the SFB Chair, throughout the year.


Standard tenure is three years.


Travel and incurred expenses for attendance at the SFB annual meeting will be reimbursed following the Colleges policy.

Responsibilities and selection

The SFB selects successful grant holders through assessment of applications against set criteria.

The responsibilities as a member of the SFB are:
  • To assess the submitted applications using pre-defined criteria on annual basis.
  • To contribute to awarding grants up to £30,000 annually through attending the grant awards committee each Autumn.
  • To contribute to awarding grants up to £2,000 throughout the year through assessing applications on an ad hoc basis.
  • To support the review of research grant applications for research that the RCGP may participate in or endorse.
  • To read materials circulated by the RCGP administrators and provide comments via email if appropriate.
  • To promote the SFB through relevant communication channels.

Patient and Public Involvement SFB members are selected against the following criteria:

  • Experience of contributing as a patient representative to a range of projects.
  • Experience, or an understanding, of the PPI perspective in research.
  • Experience of reviewing applications or research-related documents (such as guidelines, protocols, or articles) to support clinical research (desirable).
  • An interest in the NHS healthcare landscape and general practice care
  • An understanding of the current NHS primary care research and development structures (desirable).
  • Have access to a computer and the internet.

How to apply

Please apply by submitting your application (by email only) to scientific.foundationboard@rcgp.org.uk

  • A short CV
  • The names of one referee
  • A covering letter, maximum 1 side of A4, highlighting your suitability for the role. In particular we would like to know:
    • Your reasons for applying.
    • Any previous experience as a PPI representative.
    • How you meet the selection criteria above.

Deadline for application: Ongoing (response within 3 weeks)

If you would like to discuss the role, please email scientific.foundationboard@rcgp.org.uk

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