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A sponsor is required for all clinical research.
The sponsor's role is to:
The sponsor is not necessarily the funder and many funding bodies are unable to provide sponsorship.
The University usually assumes sponsorship when a University employee has designed the study and is acting as the chief investigator.
The University must actively consent in writing if it is to act as sponsor.
If you would like the University to sponsor your study, please contact CTRG as early as possible:
Before submission to a research ethics committee all relevant study documentation for research proposals must be reviewed by CTRG staff.
Note that CTRG will need to review your documentation prior to submission to the MS IDREC subcommittee if the study involves healthy volunteers and recruitment of NHS staff as participants, or usage of NHS facilities, premises or identifiable data.
Please see the CUREC pages for more information.
The purpose of the CTRG sponsorship review is to:
CTRG maintain a database of all University-sponsored and hosted clinical research to facilitate compliance with applicable governance, regulations and reporting timelines. It is vital you send us regular study updates as the database is used for preparing annual insurance returns to the University’s insurance provider, including data on the number of participants, number of sites and start/end dates.
For most studies, CTRG can confirm indemnity within the letter of sponsorship.
However, certain categories of research must be referred by CTRG to the University insurance officer for individual consideration before doing so.
Research involving any the following will need to be referred:
CTRG will liaise with the insurance officer to determine whether cover can be arranged and, if so, any potential cost.
Unless your study is on the CTRG database, indemnity is not assured.
It is important that both the IRAS form and the participant information sheet include the correct indemnity statements. This is assessed individually on review of the study or trial. CTRG will advise on appropriate wording.