Life-sciences industry

How we can help the Life-sciences industry

We provide free support to help the life-sciences industry deliver high quality research in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

Through the NIHR, the government has committed to working with the life-sciences industry to deliver first class clinical research in the NHS. To achieve this, the NIHR is funded to manage a broad research infrastructure including expert individuals, research facilities and technology platforms.

As part of the wider NIHR, the NIHR Clinical Research Network provides infrastructure to support clinical research in the NHS, giving patients access to new treatments. Our priority is to proactively support the life-sciences industry to deliver high quality clinical research in the NHS.

Our Study Support Service provides access to dedicated research staff and support to assist with commercial contract study delivery across all therapeutic areas throughout the whole of England. It offers a flexible package of tools and services that can be shaped to meet the needs of individual companies. These are outlined below.

To make the most of our expertise and resources, contact us at or t: 0113 34 34 555 as soon as possible about your upcoming study. If your study is deemed eligible for our support, we can help you to rapidly set-up and deliver your study to time and target.


With unrivalled access to the latest NHS clinical research performance and capacity information, plus clinical expertise, whether you have a synopsis or draft final protocol, we can help identify or confirm potential study sites and targets.

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We are constantly working to improve the set-up and delivery of clinical research studies in the NHS. Our tools have been developed in collaboration with the clinical research community to efficiently support your study set-up.


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Performance Management

Our collaborative approach to the performance management of network supported sites aids consistent delivery of your study to time and target

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Latest updates

The NIHR Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS
The NIHR Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS) replaced the Industry Application Gateway (IAG) on 31 March. We’ve developed some materials to help you start using the new system:

Useful information

Query resolution pathway

View the query resolution pathway – an interactive tool for the life-sciences industry to use which clearly defines the route to take to escalate any study or process related queries to the local or national industry teams

Industry Toolkit – useful documents to support you:

We have produced a toolkit of documents to support companies from the life-sciences industry with their contract clinical research studies. Please use these to find out more about the services we offer and how we can help you.

Useful links:

Study start-up route map

routemap-redThe study start-up route map provides clear sign posting to access the CRN support available from the initial research idea to study recruitment and is designed for commercial companies sponsoring any clinical research study in the NHS in England whether it involves an investigational medical product, a medical device or is an observational study.