Information for research funders

The Clinical Research Network considers support for non-commercial studies that are funded by the following different types of organisation:

  • NIHR and other areas of central government (including UK research councils)
  • English charities with a national remit who have signed up as NIHR non-commercial Partners (for more details see below)
  • Overseas governments and charities
  • Commercial companies (Investigator initiated research)

Visit our eligibility page to find out more.

The Clinical Research Network also supports the Life sciences industry to deliver commercial contract research.

NIHR non-commercial Partners

NIHR non-commercial Partners are organisations that:

  • award research funds as a result of open competition across England with high quality peer review
  • fund research that is of clear value to the NHS
  • take appropriate account of the priorities, needs and realities of the NHS in making decisions about the research that they fund.

The NIHR non-commercial Partner list details all of the non-commercial funding organisations that meet these above criteria.

Research studies funded by NIHR non-commercial Partners are automatically eligible for consideration for Network support. From 1 January 2018, the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) extended support into health and social care research taking place in non-NHS settings. The Department of Health has agreed an important change to the criteria that describes which clinical research studies can benefit from CRN support. The change to the policy means the CRN can support research conducted outside of NHS settings, such as studies running in care homes or in hospices. Read the full announcement and view the new policy which became effective on 1 January 2018.

Being an NIHR non-commercial Partner brings a number of benefits including access to the full range of services offered by the NIHR CRN through the Study Support Service. In addition decisions about eligibility for Network support can be reached more quickly and, once confirmed, studies will be included in the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio and have access to our research delivery infrastructure in the NHS, essential training and ISRCTN registration.

Becoming an NIHR non-commercial Partner is easy. Please see below for details.

How does a non-commercial organisation become an NIHR Partner?

Non-commercial organisations/ charities (based in England)  become NIHR non-commercial Partners via a self-declaration process. This is initiated either:

  • When a study applies for Clinical Research Network support or
  • If a request is made by the Funder directly to the Clinical Research Network.

The research funder must complete an NIHR non-commercial Partner Self Declaration Form confirming whether they meet the NIHR non-commercial Partner criteria for each of their funding streams.

For more information on how to complete the NIHR non-commercial Partner Self Declaration Form and a copy of the form itself please see the links on the right.

The NIHR Funder Engagement Programme

The Clinical Research Network is currently leading a programme of work to designed to strengthen connections between research funders and the Network, to help improve research delivery in the NHS. It is envisaged that by creating a more integrated research system, the deliverability of clinical research in the NHS will be improved. This will benefit research funders and the Network, but more importantly, it will also benefit the NHS and its patients, as research is translated into clinical practice in shorter timescales.