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What is a Sponsor?

All research conducted within the NHS is required to have a research sponsor. A sponsor is an organisation which takes responsibility for the quality and conduct of a research project, and is legally responsible.

The HRA describes a sponsor as an 'individual, organisation or group taking on responsibility for securing the arrangements to initiate, manage and finance a study'. You need to apply for sponsorship before submitting your HRA/ethics application via IRAS.

Full details on how to apply to UHBristol for sponsorship are given in our Sponsorship SOP 002

Green light

The sponsor issues 'green light' for a site to open to recruitment after all regulatory approvals are in place, confirmation of Capacity and Capability has been received and any other sponsor conditions are in place.  This function may be delegated to a trials unit.  For further information on green lighting UH Bristol sponsored studies, please refer to SOP 002 Research Sponsorship at UHBristol.

International studies

We cannot sponsor international studies, but can take part in studies sponsored from another country. For guidance and options for running and taking part in international studies please refer to GD_024