Applying for Trust Authorisation

Before you apply for R&D approval please make sure you have registered your study with the R&D Governance office, by emailing or

The Trust authorisation procedures are intended to ensure that:

  • Trust management has had an opportunity to assess the full implications of the research
  • All research involving the Trust complies with all regulations, particularly those for which the Trust is legally liable
  • Appropriate governance arrangements are in place once a study has started
  • The Trust can comply with all external reporting requirements for research (e.g. Department of Health, Care Quality Commission, regulatory authorities etc.)

For all studies the R&D Governance Office requires:

How do I apply for Trust Authorisation for a Study?

For studies that require review by an NHS Research Ethics Committee you must apply using the national online Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) to complete the IRAS R&D Form and IRAS SSI Form.     Detailed guidance is available within IRAS on submission arrangements for R&D applications.