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Advice, guidance and tools to help plan your research study

We provide a range of support to help you plan your study or trial in health or care settings. We can help you achieve the greatest impact through the delivery of your study if you engage with us as early as possible - even if you haven’t secured funding for your research yet. All you need to get started is a study outline or draft protocol.

Expert advice and guidance to plan your research

Access support from your local clinical research network (LCRN) team and benefit from a bespoke service designed to meet the needs of your study. A dedicated member of our study support service team will work with you to identify how we can help you plan and prepare.

For non-commercial studies, this includes support in the following areas:

What is AcoRD (Attributing the costs of health and social care Research and Development)?

AcoRD sets out how the Department of Health meets some of the costs of charity-funded research in the NHS. We’ve developed a range of resources to help you understand the principles of AcoRD, including the attribution e-learning tool, FAQs, and instructions to find your local AcoRD specialist.

Contact us

This service complements the support already provided by individual research and development offices. Contact your local clinical research network to access the service.

If you are unsure where to start or require any further assistance, please email the Study Support Service helpdesk:

What next in terms of support?

As well as helping you to plan, our Study Support Service can help you to place and perform your research.

  • Place your study: Learn how we can help you to identify sites for your study and optimise delivery by anticipating challenges before they happen
  • Perform your study: Discover how we help to ensure your study is set up as quickly and efficiently as possible, and help you to proactively monitor its progress


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