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Support for investigators

Investigators can access a range of support and guidance from the research support centre including:

Joint Research Office

With over 70 staff, the unit provides professional expertise in research management, biostatistics, finance, contracts, regulatory affairs and professional development for both sponsored and hosted studies at UCL, University College London Hospitals and the Royal Free London.

The NIHR UCLH Clinical Research Facility

The research facility, based in the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson wing of UCH, provides a purpose-built environment for clinical research with an emphasis on experimental medicine.

UCL BioResource 

UCL BIoResource can provide tailor made cohorts of volunteers to researchers that specifically match their study criteria based on BioMarkers such as Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, demographic details such as age or location, and phenotype details such as medications or conditions.

The Biostatistics Group

The Biostatistics Group at the Joint Research Office and UCL Statistical Science provides scientific and intellectual input throughout the research pathway, as well Statistics Advice Clinics and short courses on research methods.

UCLH Innovation Office

The UCLH Innovation Office supports UCLH staff to innovate, develop and commercialise new services and products that either directly benefit patients or make management and administration more effective. For more information contact Libby.Oakden@nhs.net

UCL staff can access the support of UCLB, the technology transfer company which supports and commercialises research and innovations arising from UCL.

UCL Clinical Trials Unit 

The UCL Clinical Trials Unit is a specialist unit with the specific remit to design, conduct, analyse and publish clinical trials and other well-designed studies. The aim is to increase trial capacity and quality for researchers at UCL and UCL Partner institutions.


Investigators can also access support from:

Research Design Service (RDS) London

RDS London, which is a collaborative project between King’s College London, Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London and University College London, provides advice and guidance to clinicians and academics preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions. Although priority is given to those applying for NIHR funding, RDS London can advise researchers submitting applied health research proposals to recognised funding bodies.