Research Design Service South East

Plain English Summary Review Service

What is a Plain English Summary?

Plain English summaries are a brief overview of a research proposal, usually no more than 450 words written for members of the public in a way that is easy to understand. They are a key part of most funding applications and a requirement by most major funding bodies.

What is the Plain English Summary Review Service?

RDS-SE has a panel of four lay members to review plain English summaries and two lay members review each summary. Written feedback is provided through the RDS PPI team  and we aim to return written feedback in 10 working days.

Who can use the service?

The service is aimed at researchers who may find it difficult to find public members to give a review, or who are in the early stages of their research and would like some input into early drafts of their Plain English Summaries. You will need to be registered with the RDS-SE to access this service and have an assigned RDS-SE adviser. If you are not currently registered please complete a Request for Support and liaise with your Research Adviser before applying.

If you are unsure if you are ready to apply for a PES review or have any questions, please email

The service is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research through the RDS SE and is free and confidential to users.

Plain English Summary Review Service

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