Portfolio and Non-Portfolio
Portfolio projects are research projects which have been adopted by the Clinical Research Network. This means they will benefit from access to NHS infrastructure for research, training, and International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number (ISRCTN) registration.
NHS infrastructure support includes:
Access to a local network of research support staff including research nurses and other health professionals, who can help identify eligible patients, arrange consent to participate in the study, and monitor patients as they progress through the study.
Support to ensure that your study can be successfully undertaken in the NHS, including pharmacy, imaging and pathology services, and the possibility of securing protected time for NHS staff to conduct research.
Access to Research Management and Governance staff that can advise on governance aspects of undertaking clinical research in the NHS and facilitate the rapid approval of your study through the NIHR Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission (NIHR CSP).
After applying studies are classified as:
Automatically eligible – if they have some of their research funding provided by the NIHR, other areas of central Government or NIHR non-commercial Partners; and fulfil the eligibility criteria definition of a ‘research study’ which is "the attempt to derive generalisable (i.e. of value to others in a similar situation) new knowledge by addressing clearly defined questions with systematic and rigorous methods.”
Potentially eligible – if they are commercially funded and sponsored, or are a non-commercial study, e.g. investigator-initiated trials, funded by overseas Governments, funded by overseas charities. The CRN maintains a list of non-commercial partners who fund clinical research.
Not eligible – if they do not meet the definition of a ‘research study’, which includes audits, needs assessments, quality improvements, and other local service evaluations; involve banking of biological samples or data except where this activity is integral to a self-contained research project designed to test a clear hypothesis; do not have full research funding; or are studies funded by training awards that are not a recognised part of a research career pathway.
Non-portfolio projects are projects which have not been adopted by the Clinical Research Network. These can still be conducted in the NHS and Solent NHS Trust Research Department will still support and guide you through the approval process.
Projects funded through the researcher’s own accounts, or department or directorate funds.