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)
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
Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit
Oxford NPEU Clinical Trials Unit
Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit
Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit
Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit
Sheffield Clinical Trials Research Unit
Southampton Clinical Trials Unit
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 .
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.
Professor Steve Goodacre is the Chair of the NIHR Clinical Trials Unit Support Funding Standing Advisory 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