Access data, patient cohorts or samples support
We fund a number of initiatives to help researchers access health data, identify participants for research, and access, store and analyse research samples.
Access to data
Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)
The Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) provides access to high-quality, anonymised primary care data for past and future public health and clinical studies. These include outcomes research, epidemiology and randomised controlled trials.
The primary care data are linked to a range of other health-related data to provide a longitudinal, representative UK population health dataset.
CPRD data and services can be highly tailored to meet your specific research needs.
Find out more about CPRD
NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative
The NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative (HIC) provides access to high-quality, longitudinal secondary care datasets for translational research. Datasets are available in a number of clinical areas:
- cardiovascular medicine
- cancer: breast, colorectal, lung, ovarian and prostate
- critical care
- hearing loss
- infectious diseases
- hearing loss
- renal transplantation
- viral hepatitis
Find out more about HIC.
ScanMedicine is a comprehensive database of clinical trials and medical device information. Researchers can use this database to gain an overview of the research landscape in their area of interest, to support planning research and building collaborations.
You can simultaneously search 11 major health databases across the globe for up-to-date information on what new medicines, devices and diagnostics are on the horizon. It was developed by the NIHR Innovation Observatory.
Find out more about ScanMedicine
Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) and the Dementia CRIS (D-CRIS)
The Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) and the Dementia CRIS (D-CRIS), based at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre, provide rapid access to pseudonymised mental health clinical records held in NHS systems.
This allows researchers to search structured and unstructured free-form clinical data, to swiftly investigate hypotheses and define anonymised patient cohorts.
In addition, some patients have given pre-consent to be contacted about research projects from information in their records, allowing targeted recruitment for trials and observational studies.
Find out more about CRIS.
Access to patient cohorts
The NIHR BioResource is a panel of over 200,000 healthy volunteers and patients with common and rare diseases who are willing to be approached to participate in research studies investigating the links between genes, the environment, health and disease.
The NIHR BioResource can help you identify and recruit study participants who have been characterised by genotype and phenotype.
Find out more about the NIHR BioResource.
Access, storage and analysis of research samples
The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Tissue Directory
The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Tissue Directory is a free online resource that catalogues the different types of human sample resources across the UK. For example, biobank, cohort, biorepository, clinical trial.
Researchers can search the directory by gender, age, and disease, to either find banked samples or resources that can acquire bespoke collections.
Find out more about the UKCRC Tissue Directory.
NIHR National Biosample Centre
The NIHR Biosample Centre provides a high quality, high capacity service for collection, processing, storage and analysis of biological samples from biomedical research.
Find out more about the NIHR Biosample Centre.
MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre
The MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre has world-class metabolic profiling techniques for advancing academic and clinical research in personalised medicine, diagnostics and nutrition.
The centre offers a wide range of analysis services to researchers, from broad profiling untargeted assays through to targeted assays. These services are offered on a collaborative project basis or as a fee-for-service offering.
Find out more about the MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre.
Access facilities for early stage research
The NIHR funds research infrastructure to support researchers with the delivery of early stage experimental medicine research studies. Our funding goes towards purpose built facilities in the country’s leading NHS hospitals and universities and a skilled workforce of researchers and clinical trial support staff.
Our facilities and expertise in research delivery are available to researchers who want to deliver experimental medicine research.
Access our facilities
NIHR Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs) are dedicated and purpose built facilities in NHS hospitals where researchers can deliver early phase clinical trials. The 22 facilities around England have cutting-edge technologies and access to patients.
Find out more about our facilities.
NIHR CRFs have skilled clinical trial support staff who can support complex or high intensity experimental research. The facilities are supported by the UK Clinical Research Facility Network, which provides best practice guidance and tools to ensure each CRF delivers clinical trials of the highest standard.
The Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMCs) are a network of world-leading scientists and clinicians who bring together expertise and techniques to support the delivery of early phase cancer trials. The NIHR funds 14 ECMCs across England in close partnership with Cancer Research UK.
Find out more about our experimental cancer research network.