We make sure health and care research occupies the place it deserves in the North East and North Cumbria. We are passionate about the contribution research makes to participant care, and we work collaboratively with partners to turn that passion into effective study delivery. We are committed to funding high quality research that benefits the NHS, public health, and social care. You can read about how we use our funding in our 2023/24 funding model

Supporting Research

We cover research across 31 specialty areas.

By working alongside our Speciality Leads, our team support the successful delivery of a diverse range of studies across the region.

Please contact our Senior Management Team to find out more about each specialty area:

Discover more about the Study Support Service offering at North East and North Cumbria.

Our Performance

During 2020/2021, we contributed to the employment of 914 staff.

We also supported:

  • 520 recruiting studies
  • 190 Chief Investigators
  • 798 Principal Investigators

Our Local Research Partners

In addition to NHS trusts and the Integrated Care System, we also work closely with local universities, local authorities, care homes and several research organisations, including:

Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) 

The AHSN NENC work with their member organisations including NHS Trusts, the Integrated Care System and universities across the North East and North Cumbria to help identify, evaluate, adopt and disseminate transformative innovation. They work a lot with industry as a source of innovation, and also help commercial companies access expertise within the NHS. This helps to develop, test and deploy products and services that are the basis of the UK’s Life Sciences sector.


Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, brings together the five North East universities in a unique collaboration to deliver world-class research to improve health and wellbeing and tackle inequalities.

Health Education England North East (HEE NE)

HEE NE aim to offer medical and dental trainees the highest quality training, supervision and support. They believe excellence in education and training is at the heart of delivering excellent patient care.

NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

The NIHR Newcastle BRC is a partnership between the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University.

It is one of 20 BRCs across England awarded major funding from NIHR to carry out world-class translational research and experimental medicine that benefits patients.

NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR Newcastle MIC)

The NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR Newcastle MIC) was established in 2018, building upon the success of the previous NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative (DEC) Newcastle (2013 - 2017). The role of the MICs is to build expertise and capacity in the NHS to develop new medical technologies and provide evidence on commercially-supplied in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tests, medical tests which use tissue samples. 

NIHR Research Design Service (RDS)

The Research Design Service (RDS) is funded by the NIHR to support research teams to develop and submit high-quality applied health and social care grant applications to NIHR and other national peer-reviewed funding programmes.

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria

The Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) for the North East and North Cumbria is a regional partnership between six universities, health and social care, local authorities, voluntary and community sector organisations, businesses, members of the public and local communities.

The Participant in Research Experience Survey (PRES)

PRES is how we collect feedback from research participants to better understand their experience of taking part in research. In October 2019, we launched a digital version of the survey which allows participants to complete the questionnaire either at the clinic with a member of the study team, or by themselves at home.

For more information on PRES and to access the latest resources for researchers, please visit the related page.

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