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 (in England) is performed by:
Studies are identified as being either one of the following types:
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.
Studies which are automatically eligible for consideration for CRN support are those that:
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.
Studies which are potentially eligible for consideration for CRN support are those that fulfil definition of research and are:
All potentially eligible non-commercial studies are considered for eligibility for CRN support via the non-commercial process. Those that require adoption are either:
These studies must be considered via the non-commercial adoption process to ensure the quality of the studies and their value to the NHS prior to confirmation of eligibility for consideration for CRN support. If eligible, these studies will be given a medium priority (investigator initiated trials and overseas Governments) or low priority (overseas charities) for CRN support.
The non-commercial adoption process involves review by subject specific experts against specific criteria focused on:
Commercially funded, commercially sponsored studies
Industry sponsored studies that have been submitted for network feasibility services at www.submitmystudy.nihr.ac.uk 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.
Studies which are not eligible for consideration for CRN support are those that: