All studies in England must comply with the Department of Health and Social Care established eligibility criteria for commercial and non-commercial research to qualify for our free support.
From January 2018, the eligibility criteria expanded to include research taking place outside of traditional NHS settings. This change in policy was introduced to better reflect the environment and services that people access and live in today. This means the NIHR can support with the delivery of funded health and care research taking place in settings such as care homes, hospices, schools, prisons, or other social care and public health environments.
Studies that are eligible for Clinical Research Network (CRN) support are added to the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio.
The eligibility assessment for access to CRN support on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (in England) is performed by:
Studies are identified as being either one of the following types:
All studies, regardless of type, must:
Research can be defined as the attempt to derive generalisable or transferable new knowledge to answer or refine relevant questions with scientifically sound methods. This excludes: audit; needs assessments; quality improvement and other local service evaluations. It also excludes routine banking of biological samples or data except where this activity is integral to a self-contained research project designed to test a clear hypothesis.
NIHR non-commercial Partners are organisations that:
Industry sponsored studies that have been submitted for Network feasibility services and confirmed as both eligible and feasible for inclusion into the NIHR CRN Portfolio as part of this process will be classed as high priority.