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Funding clinical studies

Last reviewed 
12 October 2017

Medical research charities fund a significant proportion of all clinical research in the NHS. 

Policy 
  • Each and every patient should be able to take part in research, if they wish to. Patients tell us that they want opportunities to be involved in research in the NHS.
  • AMRC members fund only direct clinical research costs, with infrastructure funded by the Department of Health under AcoRD.
  • The NHS England Mandate requires the NHS to pay the excess treatment costs associated with research.
  • AMRC supports the All Trials Registered, All Trials Reported campaign, and the need for all clinical trials to be published, even if the results are unclear.
Quality and standards 
  • All AMRC charities that fund in open competition can be NIHR partners, with clinical research on the NIHR portfolio, and eligible for AcoRD funding.
  • All studies involving patients require ethical approval, which is monitored by the Health Research Authority.
  • As part of our work on Brexit, we are working with others to address the impact on regulatory frameworks for clinical trials.
Data and impact