From feasibility, to setting up sites, to monitoring recruitment. We provide the life sciences industry with a flexible package of free support to help plan, set-up and deliver clinical research in the UK. Our support is available to all life science industries (including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostics and medical technology industries and Contract Research Organisations) regardless of location, study type, study size, or therapy area.
We work partnership with the NHS to deliver high quality clinical research. Our dedicated, research-ready workforce of 10,000+ personnel is embedded throughout the NHS across England. All our NHS sites are connected through our national Network which enables national oversight study performance and targeting of support through our regional teams. The sooner you get in touch the more you will benefit from our expertise and resources.
Watch a short animation describing our Study Support Service (2 minutes 30 seconds).
Are you in the right place? If your study is non-commercial or collaboratively funded click here.
Our Study Support Service: Industry Route Map has been developed with life science companies, for life science companies. It is the perfect interactive tool for navigating all our services.
The Industry Route Map is a visual tool which illustrates the support that we provide at each stage of your research journey. It has handy stops along the way which link to videos and other resources that will help you understand how that support works, and how to access it.
Key features include:
As of 1 October 2018 all NHS sites, life science companies and/or Contract Research Organisations (CROs) conducting commercial contract clinical research in the NHS are mandated to use:
If your already familiar with our services you may want to use these quick links:
The primary aim of this service is to bring patients and life science companies together earlier in the clinical development process, before a study protocol is finalised, so that patients can help companies to make the trial design as patient-friendly as it can be.
It is available to all the life sciences industries, including Clinical Research Organisations (CROs).
Please note that this service is a ‘paid for’ extension of the NIHR Study Support Service and is based on a transparent and fair full cost recovery model.
All you need to do is complete a simple online form and we will use the information that you provide to seek appropriate patients to support your requirements.
All our NHS sites are connected through our national network - known as the NIHR Clinical Research Network - which is made up of 15 Local Clinical Research Networks across England. Our dedicated, research-ready workforce of 10,000+ personnel is embedded in the NHS in these 15 regions and works in partnership with NHS trusts locally to plan, set-up and deliver high quality research to target, within set timescales.
This research infrastructure is globally unique and enables national oversight of all the studies we support. It also enables us to target local support where, and when, it is needed.
The research we support is also facilitated by 30 specialty therapy areas. Each of our 15 Local Clinical Research Networks has a research active NHS clinician (known as a specialty lead) for each of the 30 specialties. This provides us with rapid access to a vast breadth of clinical expertise to advise on and support the clinical research we deliver.
These two elements underpin our NIHR Study Support Service and help make the UK one of the top destinations globally for delivering clinical research.
NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio: Commercial Eligibility
To access our services beyond Early Feedback, studies that are fully funded and sponsored by a commercial company must meet our Eligibility criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network support for commercial studies.
Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS) log-in page
To submit a study and begin using our services you will need to create a CPMS account.
Get started by contacting the Study Support Service Helpdesk
If your study is already part of the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio and you need support or help with investigators, site set-up, or recruitment issues, contact your local Industry Operations Manager for support.