The Help for Heroes Research Approvals Committee
Help for Heroes has a duty of care to its beneficiaries to ensure that any research promoted is safe and that the time and effort required to support any research is likely to be proportionately beneficial to its beneficiaries and the charity. A research approval and implementation pathway has therefore been established allowing members of the Committee to consider research applications received, to either approve or reject a researcher’s proposal to access beneficiaries.
The Help for Heroes Research Approvals Committee reviews all research proposals involving Help for Heroes beneficiaries who are veterans and/or families of veterans. The Help for Heroes Research Approvals Committee cannot give approval for research involving Serving Personnel.
Research involving Serving Personnel and/or their entitled dependants must be reviewed separately by the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee. For more information please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/ministry-of0defence-research-ethics-committees
What do I need to do?
Complete the form above and Dr Allie Bennington, Co-Chair of the Research Approvals Committee will be in touch with you.
What happens next?
Once you have submitted your application the Co-Chair will acknowledge receipt of your application within 10 working days. You will receive an email notification when the review is complete.
How long does it take to gain approval?
There are a number of factors that impact on the time taken to hear back from the Research Approvals Committee about whether a study has been approved. These include the quality of the application, whether all the required information has been provided and the need to communicate within Help for Heroes about the study. Whilst the Committee meets 2-3 times a year, depending on the number of applications received, it may be that a research protocol will not gain approval at the first review meeting and amendments will need to be made and submitted for a second review.
Typically, it takes 3-6 months to gain approval. However, minor amendments to a protocol will only need the chairman’s action, rather than being presented to the whole committee. On such occasions the chairman of the board should consult with other board members as required.
Who should I contact if I have any queries?
Dr Allie Bennington, Co-Chair of the Research Approvals Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01980 844344.
Beneficiary Research Hub
Be part of H4H research
If you’re a Help for Heroes beneficiary and would like to be involved in a beneficiary research group at Help for Heroes. (EG: surveys)
Please complete the form below, taking care to let us know what area(s) you are particularly keen to help explore and shape.
Take Part in H4H approved Research
If you’re a Help for Heroes beneficiary and would like to take part in H4H approved research.
Understanding the family support needs of veteran offenders, their families and children.
Understanding Needs and Interventions for the Treatment of Scarring (UNITS): The Psychosocial impact of conflict-related disfigurement
The Advance Study
Apply to have work listed
If you’re a researcher and would like Help for Heroes to advertise your project online, please select the ‘Apply to get your project listed’ tab and complete the form. Please note that we will not accept applications that do not come with proof of ethical approval from your university/institution.
Apply to work with H4H Veterans
If you would like Help for Heroes to directly recruit participants for your research please submit the form below, which will be reviewed, and if deemed appropriate, you will be asked to complete a full application form for submission to the Help for Heroes Research Approvals Committee. Please note that Help for Heroes will only consider research proposals from PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and from funded researchers with significant research experience if the research is of benefit to our beneficiaries and Help for Heroes.