Applying for Research Sponsorship
What is the process for applying for University Sponsorship?
The University’s Sponsorship Sub-Committee receives and monitors all applications for research Sponsorship. A list of meeting dates and submission deadlines is provided below. Applicants with no prior experience of Sponsorship are strongly advised to engage with the research governance officer at least one week before the stated deadline to receive support with their submission.
Applicants should consult the Checklist for University Sponsorship before starting their application to ensure the appropriate documentation is submitted for Sponsorship review.
Download the Checklist for university sponsorship >
The following documents should be enclosed, numbered and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Covering letter to the Chair of the Sponsorship Sub-Committee (Prof Michael Davies, Pro-VC (Research) (max 1 side of A4). The letter should be supplemented by the list of documents under consideration.
- Completed draft IRAS Form (www.myresearchproject.org.uk).
- Participant Information Sheet for each group of participants involved in the study with a new version number and date in the footer of the document
- Consent form for each group of participants involved in the study with a new version number and date in the footer of the document
- Recruitment materials: emails / posters / letter of approach to for e.g. GPs; gatekeepers; interview schedules and topic guides
- All validated questionnaires to be used• Researcher designed questionnaires• Summary CVs for all investigators and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certificates of the research team.
- Where required: HRA Schedule of Events and Statement of Activities for HRA Approval
- If prior study review has occurred within NHS R&D, evidence of the outcomes of this process
- If the study is in Primary Care, please state whether the CRN has been engaged in relation to providing support
Once the Sponsorship Sub-Committee has agreed that your application has been approved (and a letter issued to confirm this), you will be able to proceed with gaining HRA and NHS Research Ethics Committee approval.
Applicants are strongly advised to read carefully the HRA applicant guidance to understand the subsequent processes to be followed and documents needed to support an application.
Please note that the University reserves the right not to Sponsor studies when it believes the proposed project constitutes a risk to the organisation on patient safety, financial or legal grounds.
Responsibilities of Chief Investigators for Sponsored studies (including applications for study amendments).