At the heart of the Clinical Research Network’s activities is the NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) Portfolio of studies. This consists of high-quality clinical research studies that are eligible for consideration for support from the Clinical Research Network in England.
Research activity (recruitment) data from the NIHR CRN Portfolio is used to inform the allocation of NHS infrastructure for research (including NHS Service Support Costs) and supports the performance management of the Clinical Research Network.
UK Clinical Research Network Portfolio of studies
The NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio is part of the UK Clinical Research Network Portfolio of studies, which comprises the network Portfolios for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These four Portfolios are held on a single information system: the Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS)
Central Portfolio Management System
The Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS) is a cloud-based portfolio management system, which has replaced the UKCRN Portfolio and Industry Application Gateway databases.
By transferring our Portfolio from a database to a management system, we can access the life-cycle of studies in a single system for the first time. This puts us in a stronger position to build greater insight and deliver more effective support, both locally and nationally, for clinical research in the NHS.
Now the Central Portfolio Management System is live, our public Portfolio search function has moved to the UK Clinical Trials Gateway.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network supports researchers and the life sciences industry in developing, setting up and delivering high quality research to time and target in both the NHS and in the wider health and social care environment, across England.
For any study that is eligible or applying for CRN support, whether commercially or non-commercially sponsored, we offer a range of services across the research delivery pathway that will help study feasibility, set up and delivery to time and target, through our Study Support Service. These services includes:
Researchers can apply for ISRCTN registration via the Central Portfolio Management System. Non-commercial studies with an interventional component qualify for ISRCTN registration funded by the Department of Health in England.