Want to start your own research project?

As well as supporting established commercial and non-commercial studies, we are keen to support and encourage new researchers and new research projects.

The information and links below are starting points for new research projects. They have information about the application process for a new research study. They will also help you to decide about which type of contract you may need to apply for in order to complete your research.

How to start or design a research project

The Research Design Service (RDS) South West is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It has been set up to provide assistance to people who are preparing research proposals for submission to open, national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. The advice and information provided is free of charge.

The Health Research Authority (NHS) provides more information about starting applications and each stage of the process. View a useful flowchart to take you through the application process.

Research governance

The Research Governance Framework outlines principles of good practice governance that apply to all research within the remit of the Secretary of State for Health. Research governance is one of the core standards for health care organisations. Fro more information you can view The Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care (NHS 2005).

Good clinical practice training

Everyone involved in the conduct of clinical research must have training to ensure they are best prepared to carry out their duties. The training should also be kept up to date. Our Trust has an expectation that all researchers update their training every two years.

Discover further information about the training which is available and also includes information on how to register.

Applying for a Research Passport

The Research in the NHS: Human Resource (HR) Good Practice Resource Pack describes the process for handling HR arrangements for researchers and provides a streamlined approach for confirming details of the pre-engagement checks they have undergone with the NHS.

For more information about how to decide and what you need to do to apply for a Research Passport, Honorary Contract or Letter of Access please visit the National Institute for Health Research website.