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CTU Support Funding


The NIHR recognises the important and crucial role played by Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) in helping the design, development and delivery of quality research projects.  NIHR CTU Support Funding was introduced in 2008 as a mechanism to provide financial sustainability and support to units involved in NIHR research.

Applying for funding

All UKCRC registered Clinical Trials Units in England are potentially eligible to apply for support funding. Applications are invited periodically and information will be published here when a call is open.

**There are no current calls for NIHR CTU Support Funding**  

NIHR supported Clinical Trials Units

CTUs are an important component of any research application and funded project. CTUs can provide expertise and advice, and participate throughout the research process, from initial idea development through to project delivery and reporting.  

Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact a CTU early in the process of developing research ideas and preparing funding applications.

The units listed below ( with links to their own websites) receive NIHR CTU Support Funding to enable them to support NIHR research applications and projects, and so are especially interested in collaborating on NIHR research. 

Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit

Bristol Clinical Trials Centre

Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit

The Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit at UCL

Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC)

Imperial Clinical Trials Unit

Keele Clinical Trials Unit

King's Clinical Trials Unit

Leicester Clinical Trials Unit 

Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit

 Liverpool Clinical Trials Centre

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Clinical Trials Unit

Manchester Clinical Trials Unit

Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit

Norwich Clinical Trials Unit

Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit

Oxford NPEU Clinical Trials Unit

Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit

Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit

Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit

PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit

Sheffield Clinical Trials Research Unit

Southampton Clinical Trials Unit

Warwick Clinical Trials Unit

York Trials Unit

Contact Us

To contact the CTU team please:


Telephone: 023 8059 9695 / 023 8059 7366

Efficient studies projects

The NIHR is keen to see the design, development and delivery of more efficient, faster, innovative studies to provide robust evidence to inform clinical practice and policy.

The NIHR offered additional funding for CTUs (funded via the NIHR CTU Support Funding scheme) to support developments in the design and delivery of efficient and innovative research.

Funding rounds have been held annually since 2016  with further funding opportunities to be considered. You can view the projects funded .


Our People

The Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) meet twice a year for the purpose of providing expert comment and advice to the NIHR CTU Support Funding Award work stream and to ensure that the funding stream provides an optimal portfolio of activities. The committee has a wide-ranging remit and areas of potential activity to support the funding stream including, advising the Director of CTU Support Funding on areas of concern and development (including external issues), and helping to determine future activities.

Our Director

Professor Steve Goodacre is the Chair of the NIHR Clinical Trials Unit Support Funding Standing Advisory Committee.

Our Committee

The CTU Committee members are:

  • Professor Cindy Cooper - University of Sheffield
  • Professor Jane Daniels - University of Nottingham
  • Professor Richard Emsley - King's College London
  • Professor Amanda Farrin - University of Leeds
  • Professor John Norris - University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Gavin Perkins - University of Warwick
  • Professor Ann Marie Swart - University of East Anglia
  • Professor Catherine Hewitt - University of York

SAC meeting minutes

SAC Meeting Minutes - December 2018

SAC  Meeting Minutes - June 2019

SAC Meeting Minutes - December 2019

SAC Meeting Minutes - June 2020

SAC Meeting Minutes - November 2020

SAC Meeting Minutes - June 2021