Registering with the UKCRN
The UK Clinical Research Network (UKCRN) helps to provide the
infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take
place in the NHS so that patients can benefit from new and better
treatments. It consists of the National Institute for Health
Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) in England
and its equivalents in the devolved nations. Through the UKCRN,
researchers can have access to support at the planning, set-up and
delivery phases of a study, including advice and support to
overcome barriers to successful recruitment.
The UKCRN Portfolio Database
The UKCRN Portfolio Database is a database of high-quality
clinical research studies that make up the clinical study
portfolios of England (the NIHR CRN
Portfolio), Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Studies
accepted on to the UKCRN portfolio are eligible for consideration
for research infrastructure and service support from the NIHR CRN
in England and from equivalent structures in the devolved nations.
The portfolio is also used to monitor the progress of clinical
studies by regularly recording recruitment data.
BHF is an NIHR non-commercial partner and
therefore any study funded by us is automatically eligible for
inclusion in the UKCRN portfolio. We receive regular reports from
the portfolio database charting progress with recruitment into the
studies we support, and we use these reports to monitor the
progress and outputs of the award.
Condition of award
If you are awarded funding for a clinical study that
requires support from the NIHR CRN or its equivalents, as a
condition of award, we require that you:
- ensure your clinical study is registered on the portfolio.
- ensure your grant reference number is recorded on the
- upload recruitment data on a regular (monthly) basis onto the
Find out more information about the NIHR CRN, ways of accessing
advice and support, and how to upload recruitment data