Setting up a research project

Before a research project can begin, the our hospital's has to ensure that the project is compliant with applicable research legislation, including the DH Research Governance Framework (RGF). This is to determine that the necessary approvals have been obtained and, if appropriate, contractual agreements with third parties are in place.

The research review process is supplemented by a comprehensive suite of policies, procedures and guidance documents to assist researchers through these processes. More information on individual aspects that need to be considered for research projects can be found at the links below:

Research funding

Health Research Authority (HRA) and ethics approval

Intellectual property management

Patient and public involvement for researchers


The research approval process

All research projects conducted within our hospitals must be formally approved by the Health Research Authority (HRA). For more information please visit the HRA website.