Before you begin progressing with your project it is important to understand if your project is defined as research and if so what categorisation your research project falls under.
This information will allow us to offer you tailored support to meet your project needs. Please follow the simple steps below to get started.
For more information on any of the below information please email: NENCStudies@nihr.ac.uk
Is your project research?
Is your project categorised as Research as defined by the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research?
If so there is an abundance of support available within NIHR CRN NENC to help you push forward and progress.
The decision tool found here will help you to decide whether or not your project is Research.
If your project IS Research, please continue with the steps below.
From here we will be able to offer you a tailored support service based on the individual needs of your project.
Funding your work
Do you have any funding to support this project?
If yes, go to step three.
If no, please email us at the address above to be connected with your dedicated Research Operations Manager who can support and guide you through the next steps.
What type of research is your project?
The funding source for your project helps to determine which Research Category your study falls into.
Does part or all of the funding come from a commercial company? This includes the use of gifted or loaned equipment.
As part of the study will you be using any resources or consumables that are supplied by a commercial company?
If the answer to either of the above is yes your study has the potential to be an NIHR commercial portfolio study or an NIHR Investigator Initiated Trial. Please email us at the address above to be connected with your dedicated Research Operations Manager who can support and guide you through the next steps.
If no, please go to step four.
If you have funding for this study that is non-commercial, your study has the potential to be an NIHR non-commercial portfolio study.
Please email us at the address above to be connected with your dedicated Research Operations Manager who can support and guide you through the next steps.
Your dedicated NIHR Research Operations Manager (ROM) can support you throughout the project lifecycle.
The ROM will act as your ONE single point of contact for support and advice that is tailored and bespoke to your project, making the process easier, streamlined and more efficient.
The advantages of an NIHR portfolio study include:
Access to NHS infrastructure for research
Advice on how to make your study work in the NHS environment
Access to patients and the public to give their perspective on your research
Help identifying and attributing NHS Service Support for your grant application
Experience and expertise to identify and engage the right research sites, with the right participants, for your study
Help research staff gain the necessary skills which underpin research e.g. Good Clinical Practice training
Access to NHS Service Support once your study is confirmed as eligible for Network support (including NHS pharmacy, radiology and pathology support)
This also includes access to Network-funded research delivery staff (research nurses, data managers etc) to aid recruitment
Support for both single and multiple site studies, to help meet the study’s recruitment targets within the timescales
Advice on your recruitment strategy, or suggested alternatives, at any point during the study life-cycle
Help to performance manage the progress of studies and ensure recruitment to time and target
Help to identify and overcome recruitment barriers
Specialist knowledge to advise you about NHS research sites, and their strengths and capabilities
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