NIHR Central Commissioning Facility
The NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) organises competitions and monitors performance for NIHR Programmes, Faculty and Infrastructure on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). It is managed by LGC's Grant Management Group.
The CCF supports the NIHR in providing information on recruitment to clinical trials as well as managing the Senior Investigator awards and competitions.
We also ensure patients and the public are involved in the research we support.
CCF manages the following research programmes:
- Invention for Innovation (i4i)
- Policy Research Programme (PRP)
- Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)
- Programme Development Grants (PDG)
- Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)
We also manage the Research Design Service (RDS) to support applicants and the following research schools, centres and units:
- Blood and Transplant Research Units (BTRUs)
- Health Protection Research Units (HPRUs)
- School for Primary Care Research (SPCR)
- School for Public Health Research (SPHR)
- School for Social Care Research (SSCR)
- Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC).
For the NIHR infrastructure, the CCF manages the following NIHR schemes:
- Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs)
- Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs)
- Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs)
- Medtech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operatives (MICs)
- Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRCs)
In addition CCF provides funding to support DHSC priorities and, through ODA funding for Global Health Research, has responsibility for the NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) programme.
Dr David King, Director
David King, Director of the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility, leads a staff of 110 people based in Twickenham managing more than £377m pa of research programme and infrastructure funding for NIHR and DHSC as outlined above.
Before joining CCF in 2008, David worked on the implementation of a number of NIHR funding schemes whilst at the Department, including Biomedical Research Centres and Units, the School for Primary Care Research, CLAHRCs and Programme Grants for Applied Research. Prior to that, David was the R&D Manager at the then North West London Hospitals NHS Trust for five years and also spent eleven years at the Medical Research Council's Head Office, including one year on secondment to the Wellcome Trust.
National Institute for Health Research
Central Commissioning Facility
15 Church Street
Main reception: 020 8843 8000
Please note, queries relating to the Research Management System (RMS) should be directed through main reception.