We've worked with funders to produce a set of materials that will enable our NIHR non-commercial Partners to promote the benefits of Clinical Research Network support to researchers.
If you are not a NIHR non-commercial Partner, find out how to become one here.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has extended support into health and social care research taking place in non-NHS settings.
The change to the policy (from 1 January 2018) means the CRN can support research conducted outside of NHS settings, such as studies running in care homes or in hospices, which will answer important questions for those patient populations. The CRN will also be able to better support research into public health, for example in schools and other community settings. This change is a way in which the NIHR is addressing the evolving health and care landscape and the changing needs of people and patients.
Initially, CRN support has been extended to:
The CRN will monitor the implementation of this policy change over a 12-month period. Recommendations will then be made to the Department of Health and Social Care on the impact of delivering CRN support to research in non-NHS settings and about extending support more widely for social care research.
For studies funded by NIHR non-commercial Partner charities who are also members of the Association of Medical Research Charities, support will extend to the provision of ‘Part B Research costs’, as outlined in the AcoRD Frequently Asked Questions.
The equivalent of NHS Support will be provided for attributed activities, as defined by AcoRD - the Department of Health guidance for attributing the costs of health and social care research.
Read the full policy: Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support.