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Commercial research

Commercial Research


Commercial studies can be sponsored and funded by pharma companies or Biotech industry. Where a research project, for example a commercially sponsored clinical trial, requires a formal agreement to be signed by the Trust, R&D approval will not be provided until the terms of the agreement have been finalised. The Principal Investigator or Sponsor should therefore provide the R&D Department with a draft agreement, and the study protocol, as early as possible in the application process to avoid delays in obtaining R&D Approval.  All relevant supporting documents should also be consulted. See the document library.

A valid application should consist of:

  • A final copy of the IRAS R&D form
  • Research protocol
  • All regulatory approvals (e.g. MHRA if required)
  • CVs of all investigators
  • GCP certificates
  • Draft mCTA and study budget negotiation
  • Investigational Brochure if required.

Depending on the study R&D and the REC may request further documents.

Further information on contractual arrangements for commercially sponsored clinical trials is available from the R&D department.

R&D finance should be contacted in the early stages of the project for financial advice and processes.