Commonly asked questions about carrying out commercial clinical research in the MedCity region

If you have a query not answered here, please contact us for advice.

How do I raise funds to conduct a clinical trial?

You can apply for research grants through the NIHR, the MRC, Innovate UK, the Small Business Research Initiative and European programmes including Horizon 2020.

If you have a research partner practising within the NHS, you can also apply for research grants open to academic and NHS researchers.

How do I get feedback on my study design from a clinical expert?

Contact the Clinical Research Network, which can provide advice on all aspects of regulatory approval. Imperial College London’s Clinical Trials Unit also offers support for all stages of clinical trials from generation to delivery.

How do I understand if clinical practice in the UK will support patient access for my product?

Contact the Clinical Research Network, which can provide advice on all aspects of regulatory approval.

How do I get feedback on my products from patients and/or carers?

Contact the Clinical Research Network, which can provide advice on all aspects of regulatory approval.

How do I get London primary or secondary care sites, care homes or community pharmacies to participate in my trial?

Contact MedCity for help in connecting with the local Clinical research Networks.

Who can help me identify high-performing sites to conduct my study and coordinate study set up and management?

Contact the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit which offers support for all stages of clinical trials from generation to delivery.

How can I get expert support and feedback from a clinical trials unit?

Contact the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit which offers support for all stages of clinical trials from generation to delivery.

How can I access multidisciplinary expert advice to support the design and evaluation of point of care diagnostic devices?

Contact the Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative London, a partnership aimed at developing world-class methods, generating evidence and integrating in vitro diagnostics into clinical practice.

How can I access expert advice on trialling and assessing digital health products?

Contact DigitalHealth.London, a partnership focused on speeding up the commercialisation and use of digital health products and technologies.

How can I find infrastructure, expertise and partners to develop and trial my product?

Contact MedCity for help on navigating the region.

Where can I see what other related research has been done or is ongoing?

See publicly funded research through the Research Councils UK Gateway to Research or search ClinicalTrials.gov, a registry of publicly and privately funded clinical research around the world.