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Your project has been funded because it addresses an important question that the NHS needs answering, so it is important that your research progresses as quickly and smoothly as possible. The NIHR HS&DR Programme can help you with this by providing appropriate support and advice. By closely monitoring project performance and providing support where it is needed, the HS&DR Programme helps to ensure that research projects are both successful and timely.

We keep in touch with the research teams in a number of ways:

  • project welcome meetings
  • regular and ad hoc progress reports
  • teleconferences and on-site visits

Progress reports 

Progress reports are one of the most important ways we keep in touch with research teams so that we can provide support when it is needed. Researchers are required to submit progress reports online every six months. The report is read thoroughly and a response is given. We have created a 'user friendly' online form that provides the information we need to enable us to:

  • review progress against a project plan
  • review the impact of any issues
  • identify any need for additional support
To complete and submit your latest project progress report, please use the button below. You will be asked to log-in before submitting your progress report.

Requesting a contract variation

Occasionally, a project team may need to request additional time and/or money in order to complete their project. A framework exists for managing requests for additional resources and for reaching equitable decisions. Please note that requests for an extension will only be considered once the application has been received.

If you wish to submit a request for a contract extension, please contact your NETSCC Programme Manager.

Project protocol

Once you have signed your contract summary details about your project including the protocol will be made accessible on the HS&DR Programme website. Requests to change the study protocol during the lifetime of the project should be submitted to us for review and approval prior to implementation.  

To submit a draft study protocol for approval or to submit an approved study protocol, please login to the NETSCC MIS using the 'Login' button below. Once you have logged in:

  • Click on the ‘My Projects’ tab to access a list of your current NETSCC projects.
  • Click on the NETSCC ID number for the relevant project to take you to the project details page
  • Select the action ‘Update Protocol’ and click the ‘Request’ button.
  • Complete the resulting task pages to submit your study protocol.


Outputs, publication and dissemination

It is also important that you give us advance notice of all published work related to your project, throughout the course of the research. Please refer to your contract for further details. Click here to find out more.

Research governance - obtaining necessary permissions

The Health Services Research Network has produced a useful guide for researchers which explains the steps a researcher needs to follow to begin a study. It covers topics such as clarifying if a study qualifies as research, peer review, funding and obtaining a sponsor and  gaining all the relevant permissions to carry out that research. To view a copy of the publication please click here

Defining research

The National Research Ethics Service has produced a helpful leaflet.

Composition of a Study Steering Committee

It is expected that all Primary Research projects will have a steering committee and/or a management advisory group in place; details of which should be included at the full proposal stage. For evidence synthesis projects (literature review/ systematic review), scoping studies or other study design, it is proposed that if the project meets any one of the specific criteria then a committee should be formed. Please read the guidance below for full details of when a programme appointed SSC is required:

HS&DR SSC guidance document

You may also find the HS&DR SSC checklist for applicants useful


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