Study Support Service

NIHR study support service

The Study Support Service helps researchers and the life sciences industry plan, set up and deliver high quality research to time and target in both the NHS and in the wider health and social care environment, across England.

We provide this service for all studies eligible for our support, regardless of location, study type, study size, therapy or research area. Whether your study is medical, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, bio-tech or is looking at healthy populations or people with social care needs, we can help.

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Early contact and engagement

Find out how engaging with NIHR support and using national tools, like costing templates, from the outset benefits the full life cycle of your study...

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Early feedback

Our early feedback service provides access to clinical experts embedded in the NHS...

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Site identification

Gather expressions of interest from all 240+ NHS organisations and 10,000+ General Practices in England...

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Optimising delivery

If you've not benefitted from early engagement our assessment informs the type of support you’ll need...

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Effective study set-up

Our study-wide action plan enables a ‘do once and share’ approach...

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Performance monitoring

Our data system enables a proactive approach for identifying and supporting struggling studies...


Study eligibility

Find out if your study is eligible for NIHR Clinical Research Network support...

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Study Support Service resources

Includes the Study Support Service leaflet, routemap and animation...

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Study Support Service contacts

Contact the right person to answer your Study Support Service questions...