Moorfields Clinical Research Facility

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust received a major five year funding award for clinical research from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), recognising the world-leading excellence of our clinical research.

The NIHR awarded £5.3m which will fund this research department for a further five years, starting on 1 April 2017. This announcement follows an application to the Department of Health in early 2016, which was assessed by an international selection panel.

This short video (right) was submitted as part of the 2016 NIHR bid to secure this funding.

NIHR Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs) for Experimental Medicine are dedicated and purpose built facilities, where specialist clinical research and support staff from universities and NHS Trusts work together on patient-orientated commercial and non-commercial experimental medicine studies. Life science companies can access assistance for their studies throughout the research process from study design to data collection and management. NIHR CRFs are designed to support high-intensity studies and overnight stays.

Following a competitive application and assessment process, £112.3 million of funding has been awarded to 23 NHS organisations to be provided from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2022. The purpose of the scheme is to provide NIHR funding to meet the necessary recurrent NHS infrastructure costs and NHS Support Costs of funded, world-class, early translational (experimental medicine) research that needs to be undertaken in dedicated, purpose-built CRFs in England, and ensure that funding is targeted appropriately.

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