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Brighton and Sussex Joint Clinical Research Office

Brighton and Sussex Joint Clinical Research Office

Welcome to the Brighton and Sussex Joint Clinical Research Office (JCRO).

  • Established in 2019, the JCRO is a partnership between the University of Sussex, the University of Brighton, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
  • The JCRO provides clinical research support across the project lifecycle, from grant application to study completion. 
  • In collaboration with our partners, we manage and co-chair the Pre-Sponsorship Review Panel to support the development of high-quality sponsorship applications.
  • We also support the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration, Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS). 

About the JCRO

The Joint Clinical Research Office functions as a 'one-stop-shop' for clinical research studies involving one of the partner Universities and an NHS Trust.

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What do we support?

The JCRO can support research studies which meet the following criteria:

  • Is your project “clinical research*”?
  • Is the Chief Investigator/Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator employed by one of the partner organisations?
  • Does it involve the NHS? (eg NHS patients, data, staff or resources)

*Definition of clinical research: Research into treatments and knowledge for better health and care for the benefit of patients, building the evidence for new approaches that are safe and effective. Studies may involve patients, volunteers and carers.


Why might we not be able to help? 

  • Unfortunately, we can’t currently support student applications, but we can signpost students to the relevant contacts in their own institutions or other available support mechanisms
  • You may not yet be ready to make a grant application. If this is the case, we can signpost you to the RDS and other contacts to develop your application.

Please contact us about possible JCRO support:

How we can help

The JCRO provides research management support and advice across the project life-cycle. 

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Current studies and feedback

Find out about some of the studies currently supported by the JCRO.

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Pre-Sponsorship Review Panel

The Pre-Sponsorship Review Panel (PSRP) will review all research applications prior to the Sponsoring Partner issuing formal Sponsorship.

If you are a researcher, who is principally employed by one of The Brighton and Sussex Joint Clinical Research Office's (JCRO) partner organisations:

  • University Of Sussex
  • University of Brighton
  • University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (UH Sussex)
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT)

and you intend to conduct research involving NHS Patients, their tissue or their data, or involve NHS Staff and some social care setting research, you will need to obtain what is known as sponsorship.

Sponsorship approval is required before you can submit your study for Health Research Authority (HRA) review. The Sponsor has responsibility for the oversight of all Research. The PSRP will review all research applications prior to the Sponsoring Organisation issuing formal Sponsorship. 

Find out more about PSRP here >



The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation’s largest funder of health and care research. Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems.

The NIHR ARC Kent Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the NIHR to improve the health and care of patients and the public. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the host Trust for the ARC KSS working collaboratively with the Universities of Kent, Surrey and Sussex and member organisations to deliver its objectives.

The JCRO is working closely with ARC KSS to promote and grow research initiatives in the area. In 2020 we supported 30 ARC funding applications to four rounds of ARC funding calls, including two Covid-19 Rapid Response calls in Spring 2020 and Individual Development and Towards Changing Practice funding calls in October 2020. Of the 30 applications, 10 have been fully funded and a further 9 proceeded through to second stage applications, with outcomes expected in Spring 2021.  

The JCRO are also working particularly closely with the four ARC themes hosted by University of Sussex, whose work is supported within JCRO by our ARC Coordinator Kitty Pert.

For more information visit the website below.



Contact us

Please email regarding possible JCRO support for your study and one of our team will get back to you.

For University of Sussex researchers who are submitting a grant application, please attach the completed School Grant Application Proforma.