Access study support services

England: Study support services for studies involving the NHS in England

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN)  [external link] offers a range of services across the research pathway that will help study feasibility, set up and delivery to time and target.

These services are available to any study that is eligible or applying for CRN support and which involves the NHS in England. This service is available to commercially or non-commercially sponsored studies regardless of the location, study type, study size or therapy area of the research. See the NIHR CRN Study Support Service [external link] for more information.

You should complete and submit a Portfolio Application Form (PAF) in IRAS to request inclusion on the NIHR CRN Portfolio. A PAF will be generated when your responses to questions in the IRAS filter question indicate that the study is led from England and you wish to apply to the NIHR CRN for support.

For commercial contract studies it is important that you request study support service through the NIHR CRN website [external link] before you apply for HRA Approval. Currently, this submission is separate from, and in addition to, the PAF in IRAS.

As part of HRA Approval, the HRA will share information about your application with the CRN to allow them to make a decision on NIHR CRN Portfolio eligibility.

If you have any questions please contact the Support My Study helpdesk at:


Telephone: 0113 34 34 555


Wales: Study support services for studies involving the NHS in Wales

Health and Care Research Wales offers a range of support services to support researchers.

The Support and Delivery Service consists of NHS R&D offices across Wales and a central co-ordination service at the Support Centre. Further information can be found on the Research Support page of Health and Care Research Wales [external link].


[Page last updated 2 June 2016]