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Supporting health and care research across south London


The purpose of this document is to explain how CRN South London supports research across a range of settings.

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is the largest funder of health and care research in England. The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) South London is part of the NIHR and our role is to increase the opportunities for people to take part in health and care research which will lead to better care, treatments and health for our local population both now and in the future.

Support from the NIHR CRN is available to all studies, regardless of location, study type, study size, therapy or research area, provided they meet the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) established eligibility criteria. The following is a non-exhaustive list of some of the ways we might be able to help you if your study is eligible for NIHR CRN support:

  • Helping to support organisations to become research ready
  • Assisting researchers with Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Templates (SoECATs)
  • Bespoke training and courses through the NIHR Learn platform
  • Offering general advice and signposting people undertaking research in a range of
    settings to appropriate resources
  • Support from initial study idea through to grant application and the close of
    recruitment or those who are interested in running their research
  • Supporting recruitment to studies (either by providing part-time staff or by covering
    the costs of your organisation's staff performing research activities)

Delivering research through the agile workforce

Our agile workforce works across health specialties and care settings, including hospitals, to recruit for NIHR-supported research. The team is responsive to changing circumstances, network priorities and the greatest research portfolio needs. If you're eligible to apply for fast track agile workforce staff support, please follow these steps:

Our primary care offer

We deliver primary care research funded by the NIHR, the life sciences industry and non-commercial organisations such as charities.

The CRN supports the set-up and delivery of this research in the NHS and public health and social care settings. Our dedicated primary care team works closely with GP practices to support this programme of research across the region.

Transforming research outside the NHS

The NIHR CRN eligibility criteria was expanded in January 2018 to include research outside traditional NHS settings. This policy change was introduced by the DHSC to reflect better the environment and services that people access and live in today. This change means that the NIHR can now support the delivery of funded health and care research in care homes, hospices, schools, prisons, or other social care and public health environments.

Our direct delivery team works to support this in collaboration with local organisations and study teams to provide research opportunities to people outside of hospital settings. The NIHR also has additional information for any social care practitioners looking to engage in research.

Who can I contact for further information?

If you’d like to find out more, please contact:

Please email for more information.