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Projects in progress
Your project has been funded because it addresses an important question that the NHS needs the answer, so it is important to us that your research progresses as quickly and as smoothly as possible. The HTA Programme can help you with this by providing appropriate support and advice. By closely monitoring project performance and providing support where it is needed, the HTA Programme helps to ensure that research projects are both successful and timely. We keep in touch with research teams in a number of ways:
project initiation meetings
regular and ad hoc progress reports
teleconferences and on-site visits
The support that we offer to researchers is reinforced by input from a 'virtual' college of experts who provide advice and guidance drawing upon different areas of relevant knowledge.
National Research Register
The National Research Register operated from 1997 to 2007, providing information on research taking place in NHS organisations. However, the recent restructuring of research within the NHS in England through the NIHR and the introduction of the United Kingdom Clinical Research Network (UKCRN), means that a new system for registering research has been established and is now operational.
The National Research Register has been archived as a public resource and to support historical analysis. The archive is now available via the NIHR Portal. It will be possible to make amendments to this data for legal or accuracy reasons, but no new records will be added to this archive.
Further information about the NRR archive is available from the NIHR Portal
New arrangements for registering research
The introduction of clinical research networks has shifted the responsibility for registering eligible research from NHS organisations to the researcher and the topic network. NHS organisations are no longer required to supply this information.
Further details on how the Clinical Research Networks are collecting data can be found on the UKCRN website www.ukcrn.org.uk/index.html. The method of collecting this information is specific to each network, but the total collection forms the UKCRN Portfolio Database.
New ethical review submissions must go through IRAS
The NIHR announced that, with effect from April 1st 2009, the National Research Ethics service (NRES) online application system will no longer be available for new submissions to Research Ethics Committees (RECs).
Instead, researchers who want to create new applications for ethical review of proposed studies should now use IRAS, the Integrated Research Applications System launched by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration in January 2008.
NIHR CSP (through IRAS) is now the standard process for gaining NHS permission for all studies supported by the NIHR.
The NIHR Co-ordinated System for gaining NHS Permission (CSP) is a system that standardises and streamlines the process for gaining NHS permissions for research studies in England.
All NHS R&D applications for studies eligible for entry into the NIHR CRN Portfolio in England must be completed in IRAS and processed through NIHR CSP. This is a precondition for continuing to receive NIHR CRN funding.
NB: All NIHR HTA funded projects are eligible for entry into the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Portfolio.
Supporting research in the NHS
To help those projects that will be or are working directly with the NHS, Professor Dame Sally Davies, Director General of Research and Development, has put together a letter outlining the requirements to support research in the NHS.
Download/view requirements to support research in the NHS letter (pdf, 148kb)