Applying to R&D offices for permission to conduct research
From 1 April 2009, the NRES on-line application form (www.nresform.org.uk) will no longer be available for new projects. All applications for new projects should be made using the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS). IRAS can be accessed at: www.myresearchproject.org.uk.
Researchers who have started an application using the NRES on-line form and not yet locked the form for submission will be able to complete and submit it until 1 September 2009. It will however not be possible to open a new project.
Researchers can continue to access locked forms in the NRES on-line form system and generate Site-Specific Information (SSI) Forms to apply for R&D approval at NHS sites for studies that are already underway. This functionality will continue to be available until 1 September 2009.
New functionality is being developed to allow researchers to enter a minimal dataset in IRAS for existing studies so that new SSI Forms, notices of substantial amendment and ARSAC forms can be generated in IRAS where necessary. This functionality will be in place prior to 1 September 2009.
From 1 April 2009 all NHS R&D applications for studies that are eligible for the NIHR portfolio in England must be completed in IRAS and processed through the NIHR Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission.
Site-Specific Information Form
From 1 April Site-Specific Assessment (SSA) has been transferred to R&D offices for NHS sites. There is now no need to submit SSI Forms to RECs for any NHS sites.
SSI Forms must be submitted as part of the R&D application for all NHS sites for all study types. For further information see the bulletin for applicants.
Researchers wishing to conduct research in the NHS must obtain NHS permission for each NHS site, regardless of whether or not the site would have required SSA.
For applications prepared in IRAS, the application to NHS R&D consists of the study-wide R&D Form, the local SSI Form and the documents listed in the checklist. There is no need to provide a copy of the REC Form to NHS sites.
For applications prepared in the NRESform system, there is no separate R&D Form and so the application consists of a copy of the REC Form, the local SSI Form and the documents listed in the checklist.
Chief Investigators are responsible for transferring SSI Forms to Principal Investigators for completion.