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Access our research expertise

We offer life science companies a range of expert services and support. This includes access to research centres, facilities and tools, as well as access to world-leading research experts and academics in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), social care and universities.

We can provide you with personalised, one-to-one advice about all the different areas of support available to you from the NIHR. We can also help you to understand support that is available in the UK's wider clinical research ecosystem.

We will create a bespoke service that meets your needs and provides benefits throughout the full life-cycle of your study.

Contact the Industry team to schedule a call

We advise all life science companies and Contract Research Organisations to complete a Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement (CDA) (available on request) before discussing specific study details with us. Get in touch to find out if your company has already completed a CDA.

We can also advise on the following areas of interest:

Patient Engagement in Clinical Development Service

Patients are experts in their health conditions. The primary aim of this service is to bring patients and life science companies together, earlier in the clinical development process, to ensure your trial is patient-friendly. We can organise and facilitate engagement activities with patients to obtain their perspective on your trial protocols, recruitment strategies and patient-facing materials.

Find out more about our Patient Engagement in Clinical Development service.

Protocol review by NHS clinical experts

Our Study Support Service provides a range of support to help you plan and place your clinical study or trial more strategically, to optimise performance. Our free services include obtaining feedback from NHS clinical experts on the feasibility and deliverability of your study protocol in the chosen setting. We can also help you identify suitable sites and provide access to data and tools, such as theNIHR interactive Costing Tool, to support your site selection strategy.  This support is sometimes referred to as NIHR feasibility services.

Find out about our Study Support Service for the life sciences industry


We have a range of support specifically  for medical device, digital technology and diagnostic companies (collectively known as MedTech) to help successfully translate innovative ideas into the clinical setting. Our experts and support teams are based within NHS organisations and universities throughout England.

Learn more about our services for MedTech

Complex and innovative trial design and delivery

Clinical trials are evolving to find new, faster and more efficient ways to bring new treatments to patients. The NIHR has been supporting the delivery of novel, complex and innovative clinical trials for over a decade.

Find out more about complex and innovative trials

Attract, develop and retain researchers

By partnering with us to co-fund Fellowships you can benefit from, and help grow, research capacity and capability in areas of shared interest.

 Find out more about fellowship opportunities

Working with NICE

Understand how our services complement the paid-for support services that are provided by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Take a look at how NIHR and NICE services align

 “Without the support of MindTech and the NIHR, there is no way that this study would have got off the ground. I’m a layman, it’s the first time I have done something like this and although we’ve got a great product, I don’t have any of the connections required to do a research project in the NHS. We are now sat here with a finished study and that’s primarily down to them.”

Steve Hutchinson, Managing Director, The Microcurrent Site