Supporting research

Research staff working for us 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

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

Funding model

The model by which funding is distributed each year is agreed annually by our Partnership Board. The distribution model for 2020/2021 has been agreed by the Partnership Board.

The funding principles for 2020/2021 to support our strategy are: a top sliced element is retained to support central hosting, governance and management costs.a ring-fenced fund of £1.25M will be retained for six smaller partner organisations to develop business plans for growth in conjunction with us, this is an increased investment to enable broader equity of access to research opportunities. 

Key highlights from the funding principles for 2020/2021 are below:

  • a ring-fenced fund of £750K to support provision of central services in primary care, public health and social care. Provision of £250K to support ‘Greenshoots’ initiatives (funding allocated)
  • a 5% contingency fund has been held for strategic investment across our partnership organisations. A total of 80% of the budget has been used to offset partners with significant financial losses and 20% has been opened up for strategic upfront investment. In year savings will be opened up for investigator contingency applications later on in the 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 our Research Delivery Managers (RDMs)
  • the balance of flexible workforce funding compared to core allocations was maintained at the level funded in 2019/2020 at 15%, to allow for better planning in relation to vacancies. The remaining funding provides core finance to our 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. Applications for 2020/2021 will be opened later on in the year, please visit this page to check for any updates.

Strategic research delivery and development funding for clinicians

For the past five years, we have 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 strategic research delivery and development funding for clinicians for 2020/2021 is expected to open later on in the year, please visit this page to check for any updates.

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