By strengthening connections between research funding and research delivery we can help funders to get the best value for money and improve the delivery of research they fund.
We worked with funders to design our Funder Resource Pack for NIHR Non-commercial Partners. The Pack includes advice for funders on the best way to engage with the NIHR Clinical Research Network and materials to help funders to quickly and easily signpost grant applicants and recipients to the NIHR Study Support Service. This service helps researchers plan, set up and deliver high quality research to time and target in both the NHS, and the wider health and social care environment, across England.
Accessing the service at the beginning of the research process will improve the deliverability of the research project. This will not only benefit research funders but also, more importantly it will benefit the NHS and its patients as research is translated faster into clinical practice.
This resource is intended for use by NIHR non-commercial Partners only.
Find out how to become an NIHR non-commercial Partner.
We have compiled some 'top tips' to help you ensure that, as an NIHR non-commercial Partner, the studies you fund are supported by the full range of services offered through the NIHR Study Support Service. This includes access to NHS infrastructure for research, training and ISRCTN registration.
Our four top tips
We've worked with funders to produce suggested text for inclusion:
Using this text will help you to promote the benefits of using our NIHR Study Support Service to researchers. The wording has been crafted to:
We have developed a range of case studies which describe the support we provide to researchers through our NIHR Study Support Service. Click on the links below to find out more.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network can now support health and social care research taking place outside of traditional NHS settings. This includes social care studies running in care homes or hospices, and public health research taking place in schools and other community settings.
Implementation of this policy change is being closely monitored and we expect further guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care in 2019.
For studies funded by NIHR non-commercial Partner charities who are also members of the Association of Medical Research Charities, support will extend to the provision of ‘Part B Research costs’, as outlined in the AcoRD Annex B - List of Frequently Asked Questions.
The equivalent of NHS Support will be provided for attributed activities, as defined by AcoRD - the Department of Health guidance for attributing the costs of health and social care research.
Read the full policy: Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support.
Provides information on the support that we offer through our Study Support Service.
Eligibility for our support
To receive our support we need to confirm that your funding stream(s) meet our eligibility criteria. View the eligibility criteria and find out how a study can apply to be considered for NIHR Clinical Research Network support.
Study Support Service animation
This handy animation provides an overview of the NIHR Study Support Service.
If you have any queries regarding the performance of your funded studies that have been included on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio, please contact our Study Support Service Helpdesk.
Please quote the study’s CPMS ID or IRAS reference number, if known. We will respond within three working days.
Please also contact the Helpdesk if you would like to know more about the study delivery support that is available through our Study Support Service.
We may contact you when supporting delivery of a study which you fund
To support successful study delivery to agreed time lines and the required recruitment target, we may proactively contact you directly to discuss studies that you fund where challenges to delivery have been identified through our infrastructure.