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New £112 million investment in clinical research facilities

Funding for specialist research nurses and new facilities to support clinical research and trials.

Scientist working in a lab

The funding will be given to 23 NHS organisations and will pay for specialist research nurses and technical staff, as well as providing cutting-edge facilities to support clinical research and trials.

The money, awarded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) following a competitive application and assessment process, will be provided over the next 5 years.

Minister for Public Health and Innovation, Nicola Blackwood, said:

UK researchers lead the world and our investment in this area so far has led to a variety of breakthroughs, including the first new asthma treatment in a decade, and a promising treatment for peanut allergies in children, to name just two.

We know that such ground breaking research simply would not happen without the support of these clinical research facilities.

I’m delighted to announce this £112 million of extra funding to support the skilled personnel and cutting-edge facilities we need to keep the UK at the forefront of clinical research.

Previous funding for clinical research facilities has led to medical breakthroughs, including:

  • identifying an effective treatment for peanut allergies in children
  • trialling of the ‘bionic eye’ in retinitis pigmentosa (RP) – the first ever study to combine artificial and natural vision in humans
  • establishing an innovative and standardised approach to test treatment for cystic fibrosis
  • developing the first new therapeutic asthma treatment for a decade, reducing the severity and duration of life-threatening asthma attacks

Clinical research facilities and funding

NHS organisation Funding for 5 years from 1 April 2017
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust £2,000,000
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust £11,485,445
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust £12,500,000
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust £3,038,927
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust £7,256,216
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust £10,885,958
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust £750,000
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust £750,000
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust £5,315,730
Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust £4,000,000
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust £2,407,641
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust £3,738,298
Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust £750,000
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust £5,738,298
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust £1,392,550
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust £3,111,845
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust £3,964,705
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust £2,483,179
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust £6,500,000
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust £12,812,957
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust £750,000
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust £1,430,641
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust £9,244,166

NIHR is funded through the Department of Health and works to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

Published 18 November 2016