Plain and simply good news from a citizen point of view. With thanks to INVOLVE and NIHR colleagues for making this happen,
Plain English summaries in National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded research.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is committed to making sure that each research study it funds has a clear and concise plain English summary. It is important that this information explains the research as a whole and is easy to read and understand. From14 May 2014 a good quality plain English summary, submitted as part of the standard application form, will be a requirement of NIHR funding.
What makes a good quality plain English summary?
It is clear, easy to read and is as jargon free as possible. It provides an overview of the entire research study that readers can understand straight away.
Why is it important?
A plain English summary is used in the following ways:
reviewers use this summary to inform their review offunding applications
summaries of funded research are made publicly available on NIHR and other research websites to inform the public and researchers
If it is felt that a plain English summary is not clear andof a good quality then the researchers may be required to amend their summary prior to final funding approval.
Where to get further information?
Visit the NIHR ‘make it clear’ webpage to find out
Or contact the NIHR Research Design Service