The NIHR policy on clinical trial registration and disclosure of results sets out our expectations of funded researchers undertaking clinical trials.
Research project steering committees
All research projects funded by the NIHR research programmes are required to have a steering committee. The committee provides overall supervision for a project on behalf of the project sponsor and project funder, and ensures that the project is conducted to rigorous governance standards.
Reward and recognition for public contributors
As a public contributor you will be offered a payment when we ask you to get involved in reviewing a research funding application or research commissioning brief. These are ‘honorarium’ payments. They are a form of reward and recognition offered for the contribution that you make to our work.
Clinical trial registration and disclosure of results
Prospective study registration and timely disclosure of results are critical to ensure full transparency of clinical trials funded by NIHR. These principles are also important from ethical, moral, accountability, research integrity and waste reduction perspectives.
Research outputs and publications
NIHR-funded researchers must provide advance notification of research publications to the relevant NIHR coordinating centre.
Findings from all NIHR-funded research should be published in an Open Access, peer reviewed journal.
Sharing of research data
The NIHR strongly supports the appropriate sharing of data produced during research, to help deliver research that maximises benefits to patients and the wider public, the health and care system and which contributes to economic growth in the UK.
Use of Researchfish for analysis, evaluation and impact assessment
The NIHR uses information provided to us by our award holders (researchers and Centres) via Researchfish for a variety of analytical purposes to inform our research, evaluation, impact assessment, comparative analysis and continuous improvement activities.
Use of animals in research
Our funding is focused on translational, clinical and applied health and care research. We therefore do not fund basic research or work involving animals, animal tissue or both.
However, we do work in close partnership with the Medical Research Council, which funds animal research in carefully defined circumstances.
We recognise that the carefully regulated use of animals in research is important in understanding disease and in developing safe and effective ways of preventing or treating illness.
We also recognise the need for robust application of the 3Rs – that animals are replaced with non-animal alternatives wherever possible, that the number of animals used is reduced to the minimum needed to achieve the results sought, and that, for those animals which must be used, procedures are refined as much as possible to minimise their suffering.