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NIHR Newcastle Clinical Research Facility

About NIHR Newcastle Clinical Research Facility

The NIHR Newcastle Clinical Research Facility (NCRF) is well-established and successful. It delivers a range of experimental medicine studies led by Principal Investigators from across the Newcastle University and the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It plays a strategic role in realising the ambition to be a leader in translational research bringing benefits to patients and society.

The NCRF incorporates the Clinical Research Facility located at the Leazes Wing of the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI CRF), the Clinical Ageing Research Unit (CARU) and the Dental Clinical Research Facility (Dental CRF) located in the Newcastle Dental Hospital.

The clinical and operational team have a wide range of skills and experience in clinical research trials from Phase I to Phase IV, with both adults and children. They can advise and run these from costings through to clinical delivery and data management.


Researchers should contact us at the earliest stage if they are planning to initiate a clinical trial and are looking for support.

NCRF supports translational research stages T1- T2 and provides support with pilot clinical evaluation and experimental medicine, as well as clinical evaluation and regulatory approval.


Visit the NCRF web pages or for project enquiries please contact NIHR Newcastle CRF. 

  • Commercial Enterprise Team The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Commercial Enterprise Team at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals (NuTH) NHS Foundation Trust supports research active staff from within the Trust. These are staff who are looking to work with commercial partners to deliver projects.

We also work closely with the Newcastle Joint Research Office (NJRO) to input on intellectual property requirements within the wider NHS. This particularly involves projects with commercial potential.


Researchers at NuTH should approach the Commercial Enterprise Team for support when they:

  • identify the need to access proprietary technology of an external supplier
  • consider their project to have commercial potential.

It’s always best to consider the intellectual property position at an early stage when developing a project proposal.

The NuTH NHS Foundation Trust Commercial Enterprise Team primarily supports stages T2-T3 of the Translational Research Pathway. It provides support with clinical evaluation and regulatory approval, as well as adoption and diffusion.


Read the Commercial Services – Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust webpages or email Tony McCormack, Business Innovation Manager  or Andrea Burroughs, Associate Director Commercial Enterprise Team.