Research News

Call for Proposals – NCRI SPED Workshop

Monday, 13 February 2017 15:29

On Wednesday 17 May 2017, NCRI SPED will be holding a workshop, the aim of which is to help investigators develop ideas for studies in Screening, Prevention or Early Diagnosis (SPED). SPED are therefore inviting brief outline proposals from investigators in the areas of screening, prevention or early diagnosis. Approximately 6 proposals will be discussed at the workshop. Investigators will be invited to give a presentation, followed by a discussion on how the proposal might be developed into an application for subsequent submission to funding committees. The outline proforma is not onerous and will be treated in confidence. If NCRI SPED receive more applications than can be included in the workshop, they will assess how developed the proposal is and prioritise accordingly. The deadline for preliminary applications is Friday 24 March 2017. Please send completed applications and all queries to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Monday, 13 February 2017 14:06

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Investment in biomedical research centres from April 2017

Monday, 13 February 2017 13:49

An open competition resulted in funding being awarded from April 2017 to 20 NHS and university partnerships across England to host the development of new, ground-breaking treatments, diagnostics, prevention and care for patients in a wide range of diseases like cancer and dementia. Details of the funding allocated to each of the NIHR biomedical research centres can be accessed here.

NIHR Clinical Research Facilities 2017-2022

Monday, 13 February 2017 13:39

The NIHR has announced that, as of April 2017, the number of Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs) for early translational (experimental medicine) research will increase from 19 to 23. CRFs help speed up the translation of scientific advances for the benefit of patients. They are dedicated, purpose-built facilities where universities and NHS Trusts work together on patient-orientated commercial and non-commercial studies. CRFs are designed to support high-intensity studies, some of which involve overnight stays. A total of 112.3 million GBP will be invested in the English NHS infrastructure over a five-year period. This investment will provide crucial support for clinical research nurses, technicians and facility running costs. The investment is the result of the open competitive process that the NIHR launched in January 2016 to renew and refresh NIHR designation and funding for CRFs.

NIHR funding will meet the necessary recurrent NHS research infrastructure costs and NHS support costs for funded early translational (experimental medicine) research that needs to be undertaken in CRFs. Such costs include: research infrastructure staff (such as clinical and managerial leadership, data managers, and technical staff); NHS support costs (e.g. clinical research nurses, pharmacy, pathology, radiology); recurrent costs (e.g. consumables and travel); and indirect costs within the NHS (e.g. accommodation and payroll). Further details of the funding allocated can be found on the NIHR website.

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