Supporting your research

CRN East of England gives practical support to NHS and social care researchers in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk to enable more patients to take part in high quality research. Our team includes doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, researchers and support staff based at hospitals, GP practices, social care organisations and academic institutions.

We are passionate about the contribution that clinical research can make to patient care. Through working together we can translate this passion into the effective delivery of studies within the region.

In addition to providing funding to help NHS and social care organisations deliver research, we provide study support, such as helping with NIHR portfolio applications, staff training and development, patient and public involvement, data reporting, promoting your work locally and nationally, and many other aspects of research delivery.

Find out more about our CRN East of England Study Support Service here.

Greenshoots Awards Scheme

The Greenshoots Awards Scheme is open to anyone who is interested in becoming a Principal Investigator (PI) or who has just become a PI in the last six months. CRN East of England is particularly interested in receiving applications from nurses and allied health professionals, and applications that can demonstrate the delivery of research in priority areas or areas of unmet need.

The scheme is open to both medical and non-medical qualified applicants, and is open from Monday 29 March to Friday 16 April 2021.

For more information visit our dedicated CRN East of England Hub Home Training site.

Our Funding Model

The model by which our funding is distributed to Partners each year is ratified by the CRN East of England Partnership Group.  Our Funding Model for 2019/20 was agreed by Partners in Quarter 4 2018/19 and was designed to run for 2 years in the first instance.

It was unanimously agreed at November 2020’s CRN East of England Partnership Group that delivery allocations should be maintained from the final 2020/21 allocations to ensure stable funding given the COVID-19 pandemic. This included retrospective uplifts for 2020/21, whereby no partner received a reduction of more than 5% from the previous year (the financial collar was reduced from 10% to 5%).

Following the Government’s Spending Review, additional funding has been awarded from the CRN Coordinating Centre for 2021/22, which will ensure that cost pressures are met, while additional funding for Capacity and Constraints and Transformation of Research Delivery will be apportioned during Quarter 1 of 2021/22.

A Financial Working Group will be convened during 2021/22 to re-evaluate CRN East of England’s funding model for financial year 2022/23 onwards.


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