The initial point of contact for investigators preparing applications for national peer reviewed funding should be the NIHR Research Design Service North East. A number of members of NCTU staff also act as advisors within the RDS, and can provide expert advice on refinement of research questions, sources of funding, trial design, sampling strategies and sample size calculations and planning for successful trial conduct. The remit of the Research Design Service ends with the submission of an application for funding.
Where investigators require ongoing engagement with a clinical trials unit and/or wish to have triallists and/or statisticians as co-applicants on the grant, we encourage early discussion and negotiation with Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit. Provision of input via the Research Design Service at application development stage neither guarantees on-going engagement of NCTU, nor obliges investigators to utilise NCTU. Decisions on ongoing engagement will be taken on an individual basis, and will include consideration of capacity, fit to organisational research objectives and priorities, and whether a specialist CTU may be more appropriate to the needs of the investigator and trial.
We offer a range of service levels: