The UKCRF Network provide a gateway for research funders to access cutting edge Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs) across the UK and Ireland.

The Network collates Clinical Research Facility (CRF) capacity and capability information and works with stakeholders to promote CRFs as an integrated national platform for the delivery of high intensity experimental medicine studies to research funders.

If you are a research funder please visit our Industry page to submit information requests regarding potential studies or see our Clinical Research Facility page to learn about their unique features. 

Theme Activities

Database of CRF Capabilities

The UKCRF Network holds a comprehensive database of capability, areas of expertise and contact details for each CRF. This information is used to direct funders enquiries to relevant expertise at CRF sites.

Signpost Industry Enquiries

In collaboration with NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) and the Clinical Research Network (CRN), industry enquiries are signposted by the UKCRF Network. Potential funders of research can visit the Industry page to see how the Network achieves this and to contact us regarding potential studies.

Theme 2 Steering Group, March 2019

Theme Groups

Theme Groups comprise teams of expert individuals able to offer advice and guidance on their specialist areas, helping the UKCRF Network to achieve its objectives in supporting CRFs and potential Industry partners. For the Accelerating Clinical Trials theme, the Theme Groups are:

Costing and Sustainability Theme Group

Group Chair: Ian Brown

The Group works to improve the way that CRFs cost commercial and non-commercial clinical studies. The Group recommends the operational use of the NIHR Study Costing Template and the UKCRF Network Study Intensity Tool.

Information Management and Technology Theme Group

Group Chair: Fahimeh Nafely

The Information Management and Technology (IM&T) Theme Group shares ideas and expertise related to Information Systems Developments; emerging software technology, and Data and Information Management.  Activities include considering cross-site IM&T developments, the use of commonly developed systems and making IT recommendations to CRF Senior Management.

Details about the Theme Groups can be found on the UKCRF Network Portal.

If you would like to join any of our Theme Groups please contact us.

theme resources

The UKCRF Network recommend the use of the NIHR Industry Costing Template for commercial studies and the UKCRF Network Study Intensity Tool for costing non-commercial studies run in CRFs.

NIHR Interactive Costing Tool (iCT)
NIHR SoCAT Guidelines & Templates (excess treatment costs)
UKCRF Network Study Intensity Tool