Support in developing your application
The Research Design Service can offer support and advice on developing an application.
If you are planning a clinical trial, or a feasibility or pilot study that could lead to a trial, you should contact a Clinical Trials Unit before you apply.
Clinical Research Networks can provide support at the planning, set-up and delivery stages of many primary research studies.
Researchers designing or undertaking clinical trials are encouraged to consult the Clinical Trials Toolkit. This NIHR resource is an innovative website designed to help researchers navigate through the complex landscape of setting up and managing clinical trials in line with regulatory requirements. Although primarily aimed at those involved in publicly funded Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs), the Toolkit will also benefit researchers and R&D staff working on trials in other areas, who will find useful information and guidance of relevance to the wider trials environment.
Information and guidance
The MRC Complex Interventions Framework provides guidance on designing evaluations of complex interventions to improve health.
The MRC has also produced guidance on using natural experiments to evaluate population health interventions.
INVOLVE offers advice and resources on involving patients and the public in your research.
CONSORT and EQUATOR offer advice on the transparent and accurate reporting of health research.
The Medicines for Children Research Network and the Association of Medical Research Charities have produced a useful guide on ‘Points to consider when assessing the feasibility of research’.
The Department of Health provides guidance on good clinical practice and clinical trials in the NHS.
The Clinical Practice Research Datalink (fully operational from April 2012) offers data services including access to data, and research support.
You must ensure your research complies with all relevant guidance and legislation relating to research governance. See the links below for information.
Your research must meet the requirements set out in the Department of Health’s Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care.
The NHS Research and Development Forum offers comprehensive resources on research governance.
The National Research Ethics Service exists to promote and facilitate ethical research, and manages the ethical review of research through the Research Ethics Committees.
Some studies might also need to take account of the Economic and Social Research Council’s guidance.
If you are planning a systematic review, please note if funded it must be registered with PROSPERO.
A statement on patient and public involvement and research ethics review by INVOLVE and NRES is available here.
All projects need to consider whether a programme appointed Study Steering Committee will be required and it is important that you read the SSC guidance before completing your application. You may also find the HS&DR SSC checklist for applicants useful