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Portfolio adoption

Research studies can potentially be considered for portfolio adoption if they are funded through a nationally competitive, peer review process.

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) expects inclusion applications to be made for any study that can potentially be included in the research portfolio.

Eligible studies

Studies will be eligible to be considered for portfolio adoption if:

  • some of the research funding is provided by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), central government or NIHR non-commercial partners*, and
  • it fulfills the eligibility criteria definition of a research study

*NIHR non-commercial partners are organisations that:

  • award research funds as a result of open competition across England with high quality peer review
  • fund research of clear value to the NHS
  • take appropriate account of the priorities, needs and realities of the NHS when making decisions on research to fund

Potentially eligible studies

Commercial and non-commercial studies can potentially be eligible for NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) support.


Studies must be commercially funded and sponsored (i.e. commercial contract research).

Industry sponsored studies reviewed by a network industry adoption panel and accepted into the NIHR CRN portfolio will be classed as high priority.


Studies will be initiated by non-commercial investigators (i.e. university or NHS staff) if the majority of funding to support the research study is provided by:

  • a commercial organisation
  • an overseas government, or
  • a charity

Studies must be considered via the non-commercial adoption process. This ensures the quality and value of the study to the NHS, before confirmation of eligibility for consideration by the NIHR CRN.

Eligible, non-commercial studies will be given the following priorities:

  • Medium priority for investigator-initiated or overseas governments
  • Low priority for overseas charities

Ineligible studies

Studies will not be eligible to be considered for NIHR CRN support if they:

  • do not meet the eligibility criteria definition of a research study which excludes:
    • audits
    • needs assessments
    • quality improvements
    • other local service evaluations
    • banking of biological samples or data (except where this is integral to a self-contained research project designed to test a clear hypothesis)
  • do not have full research funding
  • are funded by training awards that are not part of the recognised research career pathway

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Last reviewed: 28 April 2021