Early contact and engagement

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.

Through accessing support from our Early Contact and Engagement Team, you will benefit from a bespoke service to meet the needs of your study. This may involve:

  • Eligibility advice
  • Regulatory submissions
  • Assistance with costing your study
  • Exploration of recruitment pathways
  • Local intelligence to optimise delivery

This service is designed to complement the support already provided by individual R&D offices and can be accessed by liaising with our local Clinical Research Networks (CRNs). Here are contact details for your local Network.

Contact us

If you require any further assistance, or are unsure where to start, please email the Study Support Service Helpdesk: supportmystudy@nihr.ac.uk or call us on 0113 343 4555.

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

To ensure researchers have all the support they need around the attribution of study activities, we’ve pulled together a number of resources which will help you understand the principles of AcoRD, including our attribution e-learning tool.

For answers to commonly asked questions on AcoRD, see the Department of Health and Social Care's Annex B - Attributing the costs of health and social care Research & Development (AcoRD) FAQs.

Find your AcoRD specialist

NIHR has established a network of AcoRD specialists based across all of our  local CRNs to:

  • Signpost researchers to resources and training to understand the principles of AcoRD
  • Provide specialist advice and support for activity attribution
  • Support resolution of attribution queries
  • Assistance with understanding the requirement for a SoECAT for studies that include Service Support or Excess Treatment Costs

If you need support from an AcoRD specialist in your region on how to correctly identify and attribute relevant activities, please contact your local CRN representative or get in touch with our Study Support Helpdesk using the contact details above.

Supporting research in the NHS - simplifying research arrangements to improve patient care

NHS England and NIHR have published a joint statement committing to 12 actions to support and apply research in the NHS.

NHS England, Department of Health and Social Care, NIHR, Health Research Authority (HRA) and NHS Improvement recently carried out a public consultation ‘Supporting research in the NHS’ from November 2017 to February 2018.

It centred around the first two of the twelve actions: better managing excess treatment costs in non-commercial research, as well as plans to reduce delays and improve commercial clinical research set up and reporting. This focus on simplifying and improving research arrangements, is ultimately intended to improve future health and care for patients.

Funders may request completion of a SoECAT as part of their application guidance processes. Applicants for such grants may request support or advice from their local AcoRD Specialist in completing the SoECAT. Although it is the role of the AcoRD Specialist to authorise completed SoECATs, not complete them on behalf of sponsors, sponsors may request support or advice where required. Non-NHS Sponsors may also request support or advice from their lead NHS R&D Office.

The consultation gathered views from across the clinical research landscape, which have been captured in the consultation response document held on NHS England's website. Following the publication of the response, there has been a significant amount of work undertaken to address the issues and opportunities identified.

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