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Study Support Service

The Study Support Service helps researchers and the life sciences industry plan, set up and deliver high quality research to time and target in both the NHS and the wider health and social care environment, across England.

We provide this service for all studies eligible for support on the CRN Portfolio, regardless of location, study type, study size, therapy or research area. Whether your study is medical, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, bio-tech or is looking at healthy populations of people with social care needs, we can help.

If your study is fully sponsored and funded by a commercial organisation, visit our Study Support Service for Industry page to access information specifically for commercial contract research.

How our Integrated Research Intelligence System supports research delivery

Find out about our Integrated Research Intelligence SystemSupport for using our Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS), including user guides and learning modules, is available by logging in to NIHR Learn.

Contact us

If you require any assistance, or are unsure where to start, email the Study Support Service Helpdesk You can find your local Study Support Service contacts at your Local Clinical Research Network (LCRN).

Early Contact and Engagement

Early Contact and Engagement service: Find out how engaging with us early on benefits the full life cycle of your study.

Site Identification

Site identification service: Let us help you to identify the most appropriate sites to undertake your research.

Optimising Delivery

Optimising Delivery: Building on any early contact discussions, our assessment informs the support your study may need.

Effective Study Set-up

Effective Study Start-up: Our study wide action plan supports rapid set up.

Performance Monitoring

Performance Monitoring: Our data enables a proactive approach for identifying and supporting struggling studies.