Research Support

Academic and clinical collaboration in Birmingham is long-established and brings together a unique concentration of prestigious institutions. As part of Birmingham Health Partners, our member University and NHS trusts benefit from co-located multidisciplinary expertise which speeds up the process of translational medicine – and ensures the research we pursue is relevant and meaningful to patients. 

The BHP Clinical Trial Grant Development and Set-up Group has been established to facilitate clinical research on behalf of principal investigators and their research teams, and is working towards implementing new processes across BHP to help them with their research. This page will be regularly updated with the latest resources for clinical-academics. If you don’t see the information you need, please get in touch with a member of the team using the contact details section below. 

The University of Birmingham is one of the leading centres in the UK for clinical trials, having a wealth of experience across a wide range of diseases, clinical settings and trial designs.

The Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU) was established in 1983 and is an internationally leading centre for the design and delivery of high-quality, biologically-rich, practice changing cancer trials across all age groups. CRCTU’s scientific strategy combines world-renowned expertise in complex innovative trial designs with outstanding scientific and clinical expertise locally, nationally and internationally to deliver state of the art national and international clinical trials, that will benefit the lives of children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with cancer.

In 2016 the CRCTU initiated an early phase non-cancer portfolio which now comprises a large portfolio of over 20 trials across two teams; Drugs, Devices, Diagnostics and Biomarker (D3B), which forges links across BHP to aid translation into the clinic and Inflammation, Advanced and Cellular Therapy (I-ACT) which has strong links to the Birmingham NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, the Innovate UK funded Midlands and Wales Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre, and the Kennedy Trust funded Arthritis Therapy Acceleration Program.

The Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU) is a UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) accredited clinical trials unit. Established in 1997, BCTU is one of the largest clinical trials units in the UK, undertaking high quality clinical trials, diagnostic and test evaluation studies and methodological research. BCTU specialises in late phase trials, designing and delivering definitive trials of tests and treatments in the primary and secondary care settings in both adults and children across a wide range of diseases (mainly non-cancer).

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Download the UHB SOP Research Passport (PDF, 152kb)
Download the Research Passport Algorithm of Research Activity and Pre-Engagement Checks (PDF, 71kb)
Download the IRAS HR Good Practice Resource Pack (PDF, 102kb)

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Download the Research & Development at UHB webinar slides (PDF, 1mb)

For initial or general enquiries, please get in touch with Dr Guojin Liu – Research Support Administrator, Research & Knowledge Transfer Office.

University Hospitals Birmingham contacts:

      • Sarah Pountain, Senior Research Manager
      • Clark Crawford, Head of Governance

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals contacts:

      • Liz Adey, Head of Research & Development
      • Jessica Firkins, Research & Development Project Support Lead

University of Birmingham contacts: