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Education & Funding

NHS Research Scotland is committed to strengthening the research culture in Scotland.

A range of fellowships strengthens Scotland’s capacity to conduct internationally recognised research. By offering protected time to contribute to, conduct and lead clinical research, an emerging generation of talented researchers can be supported to become the clinical research leaders of the future.

Supporting a well-trained workforce to conduct and contribute to health research is a priority. A range of training programmes, provided at sites across Scotland, provide both experienced and new researchers with the knowledge and resources to deliver quality research. This includes Good Clinical Practice (GCP) - an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting studies that involve human participants; and an essential requirement for any researcher involved in commercial or non-commercial studies.

Scottish researchers can apply to a variety of funding schemes, including NIHR NETSCC programmes, to meet the costs associated with clinical research. Studies should follow the AcoRD Guidance on identifying and attributing costs.

NHS Research Infrastructure Funding is provided by the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health Directorates to Scottish NHS Boards to enable the provision of a robust research support infrastructure in order to successfully deliver trials and studies.