Our Research Systems programme will make it easy for researchers to carry out responsible research that complies with legal and ethical expectations, and will provide lay-friendly information about the results of research.
The programme will create intuitive research systems which talk to each other and interact with other regulators’ systems - creating one seamless online resource for applicants. This will build on and enhance our existing work with partners to further improve our services. The new systems will support researchers throughout the lifecycle of their project.
As part of the programme, work is underway to improve users’ experience of the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) used by researchers to apply for, and maintain, approvals.
This is a long-term improvement programme, which sees the HRA working with the Devolved Administrations as well as fellow regulators and will also ensure IRAS is fit for the future. This improvement programme will be built in stages with feedback from each stage feeding into the development. You may begin to see some changes over the coming months, with other changes coming into place over the next few years.
This work continues during the COVID-19 pandemic but may be subject to change.
Improvements so far
We are developing new parts of IRAS to provide new functionality and improve user experience.
Online Booking Service
You can now book your review meetings online at your convenience by using our online booking service which you can access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Combined Ways of Working (CWoW) pilot
Work is underway to streamline the approval and management for clinical trials of investigational medicinal products (CTIMPs) through a new part of IRAS.
Working with a small cohort of pilot participants from industry and NHS organisations, we have been testing a more integrated process for researchers and sponsors.