CTU Support Funding

The NIHR recognises the important and crucial role played by Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) in helping the design, development and delivery of quality research projects.  NIHR CTU Support Funding was introduced in 2008 as a mechanism to provide financial sustainability and support to units involved in NIHR research.

Applying for funding

All UKCRC registered Clinical Trials Units in England are potentially eligible to apply for support funding. Applications are invited periodically and information will be published here when a call is open.

**There are no current calls for NIHR CTU Support Funding**  

NIHR supported Clinical Trials Units

We regard CTUs as an important component of any research application and funded project. CTUs can provide expertise and advice, and participate throughout the research process, from initial idea development through to project delivery and reporting.  

Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact a CTU early in the process of developing research ideas and preparing funding applications.

The units listed below receive NIHR CTU Support Funding to enable them to support NIHR research applications and projects, and so are especially interested in collaborating on NIHR research.

 NIHR supported CTUs 
Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit Manchester Clinical Trials Unit
Bristol Clinical Trials & Evaluation Unit Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit
Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration Norwich Clinical Trials Unit
Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit
The Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit at UCL Oxford NPEU Clinical Trials Unit
Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC) Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit
Imperial Clinical Trials Unit Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit
Keele Clinical Trials Unit Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit
King’s Clinical Trials Unit PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit
Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit Sheffield Clinical Trials Research Unit
Leicester Clinical Trials Unit  Southampton Clinical Trials Unit
Liverpool Trials Collaborative Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Clinical Trials Unit York Trials Unit


A number of people are involved to ensure that NIHR CTU Support Funding is appropriately utilised. This is done through the NIHR CTU Standing Advisory Committee, which considers NIHR CTU Support Funding applications and reviews the on-going work of the funded CTUs.

Members of the NIHR CTU Standing Advisory Committee are required to declare any interests which conflict, or may be considered to conflict, with NIHR CTU Support Funding business, or may be perceived as influencing decisions made in the course of their work within NIHR CTU Support Funding. All members are asked to complete the Register of Interest form (annually), which is intended to capture long term predictable interests that could be perceived to lead to conflicts of interest. These and other interests are judged on a case by case basis at individual meetings. 


Our Director

Professor Steve Goodacre is the Chair of the NIHR Clinical Trials Unit Support Funding Standing Advisory Committee.

Steve is a clinical academic in emergency medicine and researcher in emergency care.  His professional activities include:- Chair, NIHR Health Technology Assessment Clinical Evaluation and Trials Board, NIHR Senior Investigator, Consulting Editor, Annals of Emergency Medicine and ScHARR Director of Research.

 Our committee members

Professor Monica Busse University of Cardiff
Professor Cindy Cooper University of Sheffield
Professor Jane Daniels  University of Nottingham
Professor Sandra Eldridge Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Professor Jonathan Mant University of Cambridge
Professor John Norrie University of Edinburgh
Professor Sue Pavitt University of Leeds
Professor Gavin Perkins University of Warwick
Professor Ann Marie Swart University of East Anglia