Four Nations Compatibility Programme

Organisations in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are carrying out a new programme of work together to implement

  • A consistent nationwide approach to sharing information between sponsor and sites
  • A single ethics and R&D online submission from the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), and
  • An improved UK-wide approach to amendments. 

The aim is to ensure compatible and consistent ways of working across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland further developing the UK as a cohesive and streamlined place to undertake research within the global economy.

The work was formally announced in March 2017. More information can be found in the news section.

The first stage of the programme has been the development of the single ethics and R&D form. More information can be found in the news section and in a Q&A document.