Identify potential funding for your study

A wide variety of funding schemes are available to support clinical research, from small pilot studies to complex trials. For assistance in identifying funding opportunities relevant to your study:

  • Contact Research and Innovation (R&I) for advice
  • Visit the R&I funding web pages for information on open and upcoming calls
  • Review the monthly College of Life Sciences and Medicine funding bulletin

Preparing your funding application

It is good practice to consider resource requirements alongside the development of the Study DesignThe table below includes costs to consider when preparing a grant application for a clinical study. The list is not exhaustive - it is the responsibility of the investigator to ensure ALL required resources have been identified and have been accurately costed in the application.

Please contact the R&I pre award costing team and Susan Ridge, Non Commercial Manager NHSG R&D at least 6 weeks before the call deadline to allow the costs for your application to be prepared. For studies involving medicinal products the NHS Grampian clinical trial pharmacist should be contacted, wherever possible, at the grant application stage.

Submission of your research grant application

University staff and NHS Grampian staff with honorary University status: applications must be submitted in accordance with the College of Life Sciences and Medicine (CLSM) procedure for submitting grant applications. In accordance with the CLSM procedure, please make R&I aware of any clinical trial funding applications at least 8 – 10 weeks before the call deadline. R&I can help to ensure applications are accurately costed and meet funders’ requirements.  R&I can also advise on intellectual property and contractual queries.

Applications must also comply with the CLSM Peer Review requirements.

The time required to prepare a high quality grant application is considerable, please ensure you allow yourself sufficient time to help ensure your application can be as competitive as possible.

NHSG staff without University of Aberdeen honorary status: please contact Susan Ridge in NHS R&D in the first instance.

Acceptance of funding

Please notify the R&I as soon as you know your study has been funded. R&I will arrange for the award to be accepted by the University and for arrange for the grant code to be set up.

Indicative costs to consider for clinical study funding applications

STAFF: please contact the R&I pre award costing team for assistance

INVESTIGATOR(S) TIME - for study management, study tasks and data analysis
RECRUITMENT-RELATED - e.g. site investigators, research nurses
TRIAL SUPPORT - e.g. trial manager, trial coordinator, secretarial, data coordinator, data manager
LABORATORY STAFF – e.g. research fellows/associates, technicians


To be provided by the CTU e.g CHaRT – may cover costs listed elsewhere in this table


STATISTICAL SUPPORT - contact the Medical Statistics team or the CHaRT Research Managers
DATA MANAGEMENT e.g. CRF, apps, database design - contact the Research Appplications Manager
DATA LINKAGE -  contact the Research Appplications Manager


MHRA FEES - refer to the MHRA website or contact the Research Governance Team
ISRCTN REGISTRATION - refer to the ISRCTN website where a ISRCTN fee is payable for your trial
MONITORING - contact CHaRT Research Managers or the the UoA-NHSG QA Manager
SPONSOR AUDIT - contact the UoA-NHSG QA Manager
ARCHIVING - contact a R&I BDO in the first instance

TRAVEL: costs to be collated by the research team



IMP / PLACEBO e.g. procurement, repackaging, encapsulation - research team to arrange quotation
IMP / PLACEBO STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION - research team to arrange quotation
PHARMACY COSTS - contact NHSG Clinical Trials Pharmacist
MEDICAL DEVICE - research team to arrange quotation
OTHER INTERVENTION COSTS e.g. dietary, exercise equipment, digital (iPAD / tablets)

OUTCOME MEASURES: costs to be collated by the research team

SAMPLE ANALYSIS - contact relevant laboratory managers

IMAGING: PET & MRI contact Imaging Facilities Coordinator  CT - contact NHSG manager

QUESTIONNAIRE LICENCE FEES - contact relevant licensor
HEALTH OUTCOMES DATA - contact relevant data provider e.g. ISD, HSCIC

OTHER: costs to be collated by the research team

PRINTING COSTS e.g. consent forms, participant info. sheets
EQUIPMENT - research team to arrange quotation
DATA STORAGE - £2,100 per 0.5Tb; requirements > 5TB please contact the Service Desk
NHSG BIO-REPOSITORY - contact Biorepository Manager
HEALTH ECONOMICS - contact the HERU Business Manager
PUBLICATON / DISSEMINATION - to be calculated by the research  team
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT - contact UoA Public Engagement PERU team


Research, support and excess treatment costs: please contact the NHSG Non Commercial Manager

Planning Research


Study Design Facilities Scientific Peer Review Secure Funding Prepare study documentation Sponsorship Protocol Contracts Registration on public database Finalise study documents Statutory Approvals Ethics Review