Your researchers can access the support, facilities and equipment we offer to deliver research you’ve funded.
We fund research infrastructure to support researchers with the delivery of early stage experimental medicine research studies. Our funding goes towards purpose built facilities in the country’s leading NHS hospitals and universities and a skilled workforce of researchers and clinical trial support staff.
Our Clinical Research Network (CRN) helps researchers deliver studies to recruitment time and target in the NHS and the wider health and social care environment.
Our Study Support Service is available for all studies that meet our eligibility criteria, regardless of location, study type, study size, therapy or research area. Our offer includes a range of practical services to support study placement, set-up, and delivery monitoring to enable recruitment to agreed time and target.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network is supporting a charity-funded study in patients with a high risk form of heart attack called non-ST elevation myocardial infarction acute coronary syndrome. The RapidNSTEMI study, funded by the British Heart Foundation, is investigating whether these patients benefit from immediate treatment to unblock the arteries around the heart, rather than the standard approach of treatment within 72 hours.
Having the RapidNSTEMI study on the NIHR Clinical Research Network portfolio is very attractive. The Local Clinical Research Network East Midlands assisted in both the costing and promotion of the study; for example, working out the cost of a trial or how to achieve the same output for less cost by not asking for ordinary service costs. It’s examples such as these which may seem obvious to them, but not always to us. This makes a big difference to overall costs.”
- Professor Anthony Gershlick, Chief Investigator, RapidNSTEMI study, Honorary Professor of Interventional Cardiology, University of Leicester
Become an NIHR non-commercial partner
We additionally offer a dedicated pathway to help charities access our support. Charities can become an NIHR non-commercial partner, which provides quicker access to our research delivery infrastructure in the NHS, essential training and ISRCTN registration.
NIHR non-commercial partners have access to a suite of resources to help you and the researchers you fund to get the best from our services. Members of the Association of Medical Research Charities also benefit from the provision of Research Part B costs.
Access data, patient cohorts or samples support
Our research infrastructure offers a number of initiatives to help researchers access health data, identify participants for research, and access, store and analyse research samples.
Add your study to the Be Part of Research website
In addition, you can support recruitment to our research studies by highlighting them to your clinical and patient experts, and we can do the same.
For example, our Be Part of Research website lists opportunities for patients to take part in the research we fund and support, as well as research funded by charities and other organisations.
You can help people that support your charity to access new treatments faster by recommending Be Part of Research opportunities to your supporters, members and patient advisory groups.
You can also add studies funded by your charity to the Be Part of Research website.