Supporting research

Research staff working for us and our partner organisations provide exceptional support for research throughout the region.

Discover research in south London from the people carrying it out via our latest news.

Information about career development and research roles across the national Clinical Research Network is also available.

Our research

Our focus has moved to encompass a broad range of activities to support the national programme for Recovery, Resilience and Growth of the research portfolio. We aim to support a diverse portfolio of research that reflects the diversity of our local population and represents the strength of services offered by our partners across health and social care. We have, as a system, integrated COVID-19 research into our research delivery strategy.

We have open calls for in-year contingency funding and finance to support projects that facilitate work in our under-served communities in south London. Please contact the relevant Research Delivery Manager to discuss any support you require.

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.

Email for more information.

Funding model

Our Partnership Board agrees upon the funding distribution model annually.  The distribution model for the first six months of 2024/2025 has been approved. This funding is for the last six months of the Local Clinical Research Network contract, and an additional award of funding will be made to provide stable funding for the last six months of the year as we transition to the Research Delivery Network in October 2024.

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. Please email if you’d like to learn more about our agile workforce, discuss your research needs or apply for agile workforce staff support.

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 Department of Health and Social Care to better reflect 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. The NIHR also has additional information for any social care practitioners looking to engage in research.

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 across south London. Please email if you’d like to learn more about our direct delivery team, discuss your research needs or make an application to apply for direct delivery team staff support.

Short-term contingency funding

Please email for details about short-term contingency funding.

Strategic research delivery and development funding for clinicians

For the past eight years, we have delivered an initiative to engage upcoming and new principal investigators and co-investigators for NIHR non-commercial portfolio studies. This 'Greenshoots' initiative has successfully supported new investigators and provided effective delivery to emerging research.

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