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NHS Research Scotland


Our Vision

To place Scotland at the international forefront of clinical research.

Our Mission

To support and promote excellence in clinical research in NHS Scotland, that will make a positive difference to patients health within Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Our Role


An overarching aim of NRS is to ensure NHS Scotland provides the best environment to support clinical research. As such all Health Boards have a range of specific, measurable objectives which are measured on an annual basis.        

  • Increase total income from both commercial and non-commercial studies
  • R&D permission within 30 calendar days
  • Increase recruitment to commercial and non-commercial studies
  • Recruit first commercial study patients within 30 calendar days of gaining NHS permission
  • Increase the percentage of commercial studies recruiting to target
  • Ensure Research and Development is given prominence within the wider activities of the Health Board.

Meeting these objectives has wider health and wealth benefits to Scotland.