Mary’s Fund Award – Applications Open!

The Mary Roberts Scott Fund for Patient Involvement in Research (Mary’s Fund) was established in 2016 to honor the memory of founding CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network Patient Partner Mary Roberts Scott, who passed away unexpectedly in July 2016. Mary was a strong proponent of patient involvement in research and healthcare delivery. She strengthened our work and taught us so much through her partnership and friendship.

Mary’s work with the Patient Advisory Network stemmed from a desire to ensure future patients have access to better information and evidence. Without the patient voice present, an opportunity is missed to gain an appreciation and understanding of challenges patients and their healthcare providers face when making decisions about treatments – especially when available evidence is limited. Mary’s focus and contributions continue to shape our work.

To honor Mary, a memorial fund was established within the Patient Advisory Network’s administrative home in the Department of Surgery at University of Washington. We will be making an annual award of up to $500 to support patients partnering in research and activities that develop and deepen patient-researcher partnerships.

We are excited to announce that applications are open for the inaugural Mary’s Fund Award!


Who Can Apply: anyone working in patient-centered outcomes research and engaged in patient involvement in research

Amount of Funding Available: one award of up to $500 will be made each year.

Timing: applications are due July 30, 2017. Notification of award will be made at the Fall 2017 PAN Annual Symposium (details coming soon!).

Eligible Support Opportunities: funds must support activities that develop and deepen patient-researcher partnerships. Supported activities may include, but are not limited to, training or continuing education opportunities for Patient Partner or team training, registration or travel expenses for related conference attendance, support for patient partnership on a project whose budget does not

Reporting Requirement: award recipient will be asked to share back lessons learned or resources acquired as a results of the funded experience. Reports of experience or other tools and resources may be published on the INSPIRE Research Portal.


Author: CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network

The CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network seeks to improve research by providing a way for patients to work in collaboration with researchers throughout the research process — from the identification of research questions to the communication of the results.

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