The NIHR Research Design Service is closed to new requests from 30 September 2023. We will continue to support our existing clients with existing projects up to 31 March 2024. If you have a question you can email us.
For support with any new project ideas please now contact the NIHR Research Support Service.


This page includes details of Research websites and organisations that might be helpful for researchers and members of the public who have an interest in active public involvement in research.

Disclaimer: Please note that referring visitors to the sites listed on this page does not mean that the Research Design Service South West endorses all or any of the content or opinion expressed in these linked sites.

amrc - Association of Medical Research Charities
Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)

Information about member charities; assistance for grant applicants; representation of the work of the members.

British Society of Gastroenterology - Research

British Society of Gastroenterology - Research
The BSG is is an organisation focused on the promotion of gastroenterology within the United Kingdom - the website contains information on their research activities.

University of Bristol
Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration (University of Bristol)

Conducts trials in both primary and secondary care settings, and in many different disease areas, including mental health, diabetes, child health, and cancer. 

Clinical Trials and Evaluation Unit (CTEU) Bristol
Formed in 2003 the Bristol based Clinical Trials and Evaluation Unit (CTEU) has grown from a handful of talented individuals to over forty professionals, broadly split across six specialist teams. The unit is hosted in the School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol.

Exeter Clinical Trials Unit (EXECTU)
Exeter Clinical Trials Unit (ExeCTU) is a University of Exeter supported facility. The CTU works in collaboration with researchers and clinicians in the design and delivery of high quality and efficient controlled trials and other well-designed studies, addressing important health questions.

Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU)
The PenCTU is a leading academic clinical trials unit, with expertise in designing, developing, supporting and co-ordinating high quality, multi-centre clinical trials and other well-designed studies that will directly influence clinical and healthcare practice.


A national advisory group that supports greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. INVOLVE is funded by the NIHR and they share knowledge and learning on public involvement in research.

James Lind Alliance
James Lind Alliance (JLA)

The JLA facilitates Priority Setting Partnerships. These bring patients, carers and clinicians together to identify and prioritise for research the treatment uncertainties which they agree are the most important. 

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

The goal of the NIHR is to create a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs)
The goal of AHSNs is to improve patient and population health outcomes by translating research into practice, and developing and implementing integrated health care services.

The AHSN 15 local AHSNs that cover the length and breadth of England. For the South West:

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC)
CLAHRCs are collaborative partnerships between universities and the surrounding NHS organisations, focused on improving patient outcomes through the conduct and application of applied health research.

The CLAHRC network comprises of 13 local CLAHRCs across England. For the South West:

MRC - Medical Research Council

Medical Research Council (MRC)
The MRC encourages and supports research with the aim of maintaining and improving human health.