Study Support Service Team

For any study that is eligible or applying for CRN support, whether commercially or non-commercially sponsored, we offer a range of services across the research delivery pathway that will help study set up and delivery to time and target.  The Network's Study Support Service Team provides support to all local Partner Organisations.  So if you have a study at the research idea stage, grant application stage or beyond, please get in touch to discuss how we can support your study.



Study Support Lead

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Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management
Cancer - Hepatobiliary
Cancer - Lung

Cancer - Upper GI

Cancer  1



Children's Cancer & Leukemia



Supportive & Palliative Care/Psychosocial Oncology & Survivorship

Teenage and Young adults

Urology, Bladder, Prostate, Renal, Testicular


Cancer 2

Head & Neck






Primary Care
Cardiovascular Disease/Cardiac Surgery


Critical Care
Dementias and Neurodegeneration
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Ear, Nose and Throat
Haematology (Non cancer)
Health Services Research
Public Health
Mental Health
Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders
Musculoskeletal Disorders/Elective Orthopaedic
Neurological Disorders
Oral and Dental Health
Reproductive Health and Childbirth
Respiratory Disorders
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Trauma and Emergency Care/Musculoskeletal Trauma/Prehospital

If you are still not sure who to go to to discuss a study then please email:

Excess Treatment Costs  

The costs of non commercial research are met by different funders depending on the type of cost. Guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care for the Attribution of Costs for Research and Development (AcoRD) sets out the principles for determining who pays for the different costs.  

Treatment Costs are the care costs that would continue to be incurred if the patient care service in question continued to be provided following the end of the research study. The difference between the Treatment Costs and the costs of the existing standard treatment is referred to as the Excess Treatment Cost (ETC).

ETCs are paid for by service commissioners.

For more information please visit the main NIHR website or contact

**Please note we must have a minimum of 10 working days to complete a thorough review of any SoECAT**

Research Activity Process

video has been produced to explain how the  process works now that we receive research activity data into the Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS) from our Local Portfolio Management Systems (LPMS), as well as how this will affect researchers and support staff across the country. 


Application to Request Network Service Support (ACROSS)  is a portal to request and manage nursing requests across the Network. It aims to streamline the application process and provide a simpler request mechanism for Partner Organisations who need research nurse support. For any questions on the system, please email

 ENRICH (Enabling Research in Care Homes)

Our ENRICH network brings together care home staff, residents and their families with researchers. It provides a toolkit of resources to help care homes make the most of research and researchers to set up and run studies effectively and collaboratively in care homes. Local Contact Details.

EDGE Research Management Tool

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust’s  (UHB) clinical trials pharmacy team 's  case study on how they are using EDGE research management tool.