Supporting research

Research staff working for the CRN South London and for our partner organisations provide exceptional support for clinical research throughout the region.

Discover clinical research going on in our region from the people carrying it out via our latest faculty news.

Information is also available about the roles of employees working across the national Clinical Research Network.

Our research

The Access to Treat in the Community (ATTIC) study is being carried out in the Public Health specialty and is just one of hundreds of studies carried out in south London.

The research is targeted at testing and treating homeless people in areas where infections rates of Hepatitis C (HCV) are highly prevalent. This trial will support NHS England’s ambition to eliminate HCV as a public health threat in England by 2025. The World Health Organisation’s global goal is 2030.

We regularly post news and updates about our research activity. 

Life sciences industry service

Through the NIHR, the government has committed to working with the life sciences industry to deliver first class clinical research in the NHS.

To achieve this, the NIHR is funded to manage a broad research infrastructure that includes expert individuals, research facilities and technology platforms.

Get in touch with our Industry Operations Team for more information by emailing

You can read the latest news on the NIHR working with the life science industry on our website.

Funding model

The model by which funding is distributed each year is agreed annually by the CRN South London Partnership Board. The distribution model for 2019/20 was agreed by the Board in December.

The funding principles for 2019/20 to support the CRN strategy are: A top sliced element is retained to support central hosting, governance and management costs.

  • A ring-fenced fund of £1.2M will be retained for five smaller partner organisations to develop business plans for growth in conjunction with CRN South London, this is an increased investment to enable broader equity of access to research opportunities
  • A ring-fenced fund of £800K to support provision of central services in primary care, public health and social care
  • Provision of £250K to support Greenshoots initiatives
  • A 3% contingency fund is retained for investigators and NHS trusts to apply for additional funding to support unplanned needs in-year
  • Research support will continue to be provided through a combination of core funding to trusts and flexible staff employed through the larger centres but managed by the CRN Research Delivery Managers (RDMs)
  • The balance of flexible workforce funding compared to core allocations was reduced to 15% of the residual budget, to allow for better planning in relation to vacancies. The remaining 85% provides core funding to the CRN’s larger partner organisations
  • To encourage growth in recruitment, core funding to trusts will reflect recruitment to portfolio studies in the previous two years. The ratio for allocating funding was updated to reflect the national ratios to 1:3.5:11 for large sample size, observational and interventional studies

Short Term Contingency Funding

The funding call for short term contingency funding for 2019/2020 has closed but check back here for details of funding for financial year 2020/2021.

Strategic Research Delivery and Development Funding for Clinicians

For the past four years the CRN South London has delivered an initiative to engage upcoming and new Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-Investigators for NIHR non-commercial portfolio studies. This 'greenshoot' initiative has been successful at supporting new investigators and providing effective delivery to emerging research.

The funding call for 2019/2020 has now closed but check back here for details of ‘Greenshoot’ funding for the financial year 2020/2021.

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