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Funding clinical studies

Last reviewed 
21 June 2013

AMRC members fund about a third of all clinical research in the NHS.

Policy 
  • AMRC members fund only direct clincial 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.
  • AMRC supports a joint statement welcoming the proposal for a Clinical Trials Regulation to replace the EU Clinical Trials Directive. 
Data and impact 
  • In 2011 AMRC members funded 32% of non-commercial studies on the NIHR portfolio.
  • Our member profiles indicate whether a charity's funding is eligible for AcoRD.