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The links below provide information on research funding available.  Make sure you are aware of any relevant, specific funding criteria or funding priority areas identified by each funding scheme.

You must speak to your University or NHS Research & Development Office about your intention to apply for funding.  They will help you with full economic costing (fEC) of your proposal, and will identify which organisation will administer your grant if you are successful.

If you are applying for funding for a randomised controlled trial (RCT) (or other study investigating the efficacy of a healthcare intervention), the sponsor of your proposed study may wish you to include the costs of registration with the ISRCTN scheme in your grant application.  When applying for funding for a clinical trial of an investigational medicinal product (CTIMP), there may also be some additional costs incurred that you need to consider to cover regulatory expenses (Clinical Trials Toolkit).

Be aware that researchers working in England whose study is potentially eligible for NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) support, will need to submit a Portfolio Adoption Form (PAF) at the time of applying for funding.  A PAF can be generated on the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) and should be submitted to the NIHR CRN.  They will inform you if your study is to be adopted onto the NIHR portfolio, and if so how you should proceed with obtaining HRA Approval, when you are ready to do so.


  • 1. UKCRC Experimental Medicine Resource Finder

    Provides information about experimental medicine facilities in the UK; with details of expertise, resources, techniques and technologies available.

    Standard Process for em studies specifically Date added: 29 October 2008
  • 2. MRC: Applying for a grant

    Information on how to apply for MRC funding; including access to the Applicants’ Handbook, which includes guidance on financial support and full economic costing.

    Standard Process for all research Date added: 28 October 2008
  • 3. NIHR Clinical Trials Toolkit

    This web-based resource is designed to support clinical trialists and regulators in ensuring clinical trials of investigational medicinal products are conducted in accordance with the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations.

    Legal Requirement for some em studies (not applicable for all) Date added: 29 October 2008
  • 4. NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN)

    The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) supports researchers and the life sciences industry in developing, setting up and delivering research in the NHS in England.

    Standard Process for some em studies (not applicable for all) Date added: 6 November 2008
  • 5. IRAS (Integrated Research Application System)

    The Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) is a single system for applying for approvals for health and social/community care research in the UK.

    Standard Process for all research Date added: 29 October 2008