I need Sponsorship: what should I do?
From November 2017, BSMS staff and student projects applying for Sponsorship are reviewed by the University of Sussex URGC Sponsorship Sub-Committee. As the Medical School is not a legal entity, review is undertaken on behalf of the University of Sussex, the Sponsoring organisation.
a) Agreement for University Sponsorship Approval is reached on case-by-case basis.
b) The Supervisor must be substantively employed by the University and named as CI (in IRAS Form), to be eligible for University of Sussex Sponsorship. (Formal employment contracts must be in place to enable the Sponsor to insure and indemnify the research).
c) Insurance is a significant driver; Sponsor must ensure insurance and/or indemnity to meet potential legal liability of the Sponsor for harm to participants arising from the management of the research, and provide Public Liability, Employers Liability, Professional Negligence Research certificates.
d) While the Medical School would prefer NHS partner Trusts to Sponsor where their patients (and clinical material) are involved, to mitigate risk, the HRA’s Draft UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research (developed in 2015), requires Universities to accept the role of sponsor for all educational research conducted by their own students (unless a student’s employment indicates otherwise) i.e. institutional sponsorship.
"It is expected that where projects are undertaken by a student(s) in fulfilment of educational qualifications below doctoral level, the academic supervisor will take on the role of Chief Investigator."
"9.12. Universities and colleges should accept the role of sponsor for all educational research conducted by their own students, unless the student is employed by a health or social care provider that prefers to do this." (page ref reqd)
e) From 1st April 2016, the HRA intensified its expectations for Sponsoring organisations fulfilling their responsibilities, requiring closer management and oversight of Sponsored projects.
Find out more about University of Sussex sponsorship and download the sponsorship forms.
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