Apply to use the CRF

Types of research

The Birmingham CRF is multi-specialty and receives funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) specifically to carry out Experimental Medicine research. There is a CRF at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and one at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Later phase studies with an experimental element or complex visits which cannot be accommodated elsewhere in the Hospital Trust will also be considered. The CRF staff work closely with the Research and Development teams in the Trust and at the University of Birmingham to ensure research projects are carried out in the most appropriate setting. Please note that the CRF space is dedicated research space, so it is not appropriate for any NHS service work to be undertaken in the facility.

Application process to use the CRF

All research projects running through the CRF must be approved by the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) who review the study for scientific merit. The SAC is a joint meeting between the adult and paediatric CRF and takes place every 4 weeks. Each study is discussed by the SAC members who will undertake a peer review if this is necessary. SAC approval is required to make use of CRF facilities, staff, equipment or laboratories.

Application forms, meeting dates, deadlines and a list of the relevant supporting documentation that is required is available below. It is advisable for investigators to contact the Clinical Mangers to discuss the feasibility of a study prior to an application being made to the SAC.

Application flow diagram

Application flow diagram



Forms and Documents

Contact Information

Adult Facility

Jo Gray, Clinical Manager:
Tel: +44 (0)121 371 3159

Jo O’Neill, Deputy Manager:
Tel: +44 (0)121 371 7176
Email: Joanne.O’

Paediatric Facility

Nicki Vanes, Clinical Manager:
Tel: +44 (0)121 333 9554