The Study Support Service is provided by the NIHR Clinical Research Network.
Worked with us before?
If you know what you need and how to access it, submit your study via our online portal. We have a range of guides to help you use the system.
Or contact us as soon as possible to discuss support for your upcoming study.
Email the Study Support Service Helpdesk or call
+00 44 (0)113 34 34 555
“Network systems and processes to fast track study set-up were effective… we had one fully executed site contract within 25 days which is a company record for a UK site”
“Without the support of the Clinical Research Network at a local level this study would never have happened”
“This was our first UK trial and working with the NIHR Clinical Research Network enabled us to hit the ground running in the UK”
“The Network as a whole has advised and provided support for ethics approvals as well as advising on the set-up of the study"
"It was our ability to utilise the NIHR’s extensive primary care network that made the UK a viable option for placing the studies"
We provide the infrastructure to make research happen in the NHS. That infrastructure includes a dedicated workforce of trained, skilled and experienced research professionals.
There are currently over 10,000 front-line research delivery staff working throughout the NHS who are funded or part-funded by the NIHR. Their role is to carry out the additional practical activities required to conduct clinical research studies and trials. This may include helping to identify suitable patients, obtaining patient consent for participation, carrying out extra tests, and collecting the clinical data required for the research.
To tap into this ready-made research workforce your study must first be confirmed as eligible for continued Network support. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, access to our research workforce will form part of the site level support assessment and costing exercises.
If you engage with us early, you can access our full range of support and create a bespoke service that meets your needs and provides benefits throughout the full life-cycle of your study.