Specialist organisations

MRC Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research

The Hubs for Trials Methodology Research (HTMR) Network has been established to support the development of novel methodologies to improve the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials. The website lists the publications that the HTMR has produced, information on training and events such the annual Clinical Trials Methodology Conference, and links to other methodological resources.

► Hubs for Trials Methodology Research (HTMR) Network website

UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units

Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) are specialist units covering the whole of the UK, which have been set up with a specific remit to design, conduct, analyse and publish clinical trials and other well-designed studies. While the CTUs are based in specific regions, you do not have to work with your closest CTU and should instead liaise with one that has a speciality complimentary to your work.

► UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units Network website

► Database of Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) searchable by disease area and methodology type (UKCRC Registered CTUs Network webpage)

NIHR Research Design Services and equivalents

NIHR Research Design Services (RDSs) assist NHS researchers, or those working in partnership with the NHS, to prepare proposals for submission to national funding competitions for applied health or social care research, by providing expert advice on research design and methodology. There are currently 10 RDSs in England and researchers should contact their local RDS for their input and support.

The Northern Ireland Clinical Research Support Centre (CRSC) has a remit to provide advice, support and training for investigators undertaking research within, or of value to, health and social care in Northern Ireland.  Researchers should contact the CRSC team early as possible in the development of a research project.

► NIHR Research Design Services (RDSs) website

For researchers based in Wales, some Welsh CTUs have designated funding for research support services for those working within the local region, including grant application development, so get in touch to check if this is available.

In Scotland, although there is no RDS equivalent, researchers requiring assistance with project design should contact their local NHS Board Research & Development office or CTU for this type of advice, additionally you can contact the relevant Chief Scientist Office research manager.

ESRC National Centre for Research Methods

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) aims to improve the research methodology in use in the UK social science research community. It provides a focal point for research, training and capacity building activities.

► National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) website