Research Support

Why use the NIHR Sheffield CRF?

The Clinical Research Facility (CRF) provide a specialist environment, at both the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Northern General Hospital, for the conduct of high quality clinical research. Patients and healthy volunteers are guaranteed that research undertaken in the CRF has met all the legislative, governance and ethical requirements that ensure participant safety. The Head of Operations, Lead Nurse, Operations Manager and Research Matrons, along with their team of clinical and administrative research support staff, work extensively with Investigators to ensure full use of CRF resources.

The CRF is a resource open to researchers from all clinical disciplines encouraging collaboration with researchers across South Yorkshire

The CRF offers dedicated space to investigators undertaking all types of clinical research including industry and experimental medicine studies. The Facility has the capacity to care for participants on a daily and overnight basis. The CRF has the range of expertise required to run complex studies with small numbers of patients as well as large healthy volunteer studies where the recruitment of hundreds of people is necessary. The CRF can also provide an outreach service for studies which depend upon delivering in their own clinical environment.

Are you aware of current funding opportunities?

To find out more about what current funding opportunities are available please visit the Funding opportunities on the NIHR Research website.

If you are considering developing an application the NIHR Research Design Service Yorkshire & Humber (NIHR RDS YH) offers free support or specialist advice to turn your ideas into research proposals or to further develop your existing proposals. For more information please visit the NIHR RDS YH Website design section.

For University of Sheffield staff, the Research Service has faculty support teams that provide assistance at every stage of the research grant application process. Your relevant Research Strategy Manager and Research Development Officer will be happy to offer advice and support in the early stages of a project. For further details please see the R&IS contact page.

Have you used the CRF to deliver your research?

"It has been an exceptional experience working with you and the entire CRF team. We have together transformed the lives of these patients for ever. Your enthusiasm and commitment and that of the entire team has been brilliant."

Please take a moment to give us your feedback on our service so that we can be sure to provide high quality support in the way that you need us.

It will only take a few moments of your time and the information you provide will be used to improve our current service and to shape the service of the future, making sure that we can support your research in the way you need us.

Click here to go to a short feedback survey.

Collaboration from Concept to Care

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust works closely within a network of partner organisations to build collaborations and help develop research ideas.

Additional information for researchers which may be helpful can be found at the Sheffield Clinical Research & Innovation Office including information about accessing Trust patient panels for PPIE

The University of Sheffield works with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to build clinical and academic partnerships. For help finding academic collaborators or to discuss potential grant funding for a research project the University of Sheffield can be contacted via the University of Sheffield Healthcare Gateway.

The NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and Humber (RDS YH) provides advice and support to applied health and social care researchers to help them to develop and design high quality research proposals for submission to NIHR and other national, peer-reviewed funding competitions. Support is provided free of charge.

Support is also available to assist you in finding members of the public to assist you in planning your research via the website NIHR People in Research Page

Here's what some of our Researchers and Research Sponsor's have said about working with the CRF

You are doing brilliantly with the recruitment and all the paperwork! We are all so grateful for you and your team's work

I would like to thank you for all your hard work and support, especially given some very trying circumstances and tight timelines.

Well done all! First in the country and exemplary practices