Setting up Your Research Project


Study Set-up | Sponsorship | Trust Approval  | Quality Assurance


The R&D team is here to help all members of staff, whether novice or experienced researcher, wishing to get involved in research.  The team provide a full support service covering all stages of a research study from protocol design, applying for funding, study set up and management and data analysis.
If you are thinking about starting a research project, please speak with us as early as you can.  Our experienced Clinical Project Managers are able to offer advice and assistance with study design and can also advise you on what information you will need to submit a research application and obtain Trust approval. If your research study requires funding we are able to identify suitable funding sources and play a pivotal role in writing grants.
If you are an investigator of a study or have been asked to coordinate a study for another organisation, again please contact us.
Our Service includes:
  1. Obtaining application forms, or access to application websites for the National Research Ethics Service (NRES), Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), National Institute for Health Research Portfolio, Health REsearch Authority, Patient Information Advisory Group (PIAG) and other bodies.
  2.  Assistance with Research Ethics Applications
  3. Assistance with Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency applications
  4. Designing Your Research Study
If you are Trust employee and have an idea for a research study or require assistance to set up a Papworth sponsored study please contact one of our Clinical Project Managers who will be able to advice and assist you through the process of setting up your study.
We have available a selection of  Documents, including templates to further assist and to provide useful information for your use.
Some studies may require Royal Papworth NHS Hospital Foundation Trust to be the Sponsor, if you would like further information regarding this please contact one of our Clinical Project Managers.
If a study has no third party sponsor, the Trust will usually act as sponsor for research where:
Trust Approval
For information about obtaining Trust approval for your research study please visit our Research Governance Page by clicking here
Quality Assurance
We are committed to maintaining high quality research further to which:
  • We have compiled a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure that research is conducted in accordance with Trust standards.
  • We have a Central monitoring function for Papworth Sponsored and some other approved research protocols
  • We risk assess all studies prior to issuing Trust approval
  • Quality control audits 
  • Training in Research Skills, Good Clinical Practice, Literature Searches, Citation for all research active staff and their support staff
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