Collaborate with us

Planning a trial and want to work with us? The steps below will guide you through the process.


We recommend you contact us as early as possible once you have decided to apply for funding. This enables a true collaborative approach to be employed during the funding application stage and ensures you have access to the expertise of LCTU.

Note: In rare situations, an investigator may approach LCTU once funding has been secured where there has been no prior discussion with us. In these circumstances we will consider if this is a collaboration that can be supported using the process described below.

Stage One - Initial contact

Working with us begins with the completion of a collaboration request form (Word, 86kb). You then email the form to us, along with any other documents/information which may be useful to us in understanding your trial and needs.

Your enquiry will be responded to at the earliest opportunity. Initial discussions between you and representation from our Senior Management team will determine if your application is potentially suitable for support. If we cannot support your trial at this stage we will notify you and explain our reasoning. Further meetings will be held on an on-going basis, should your collaboration be considered to be a study that LCTU can support.

Stage Two - Initial LCTU collaboration discussion

The science behind the funding application is often exciting. However, this can sometimes dominate the initial meeting, leaving little time to obtain the key information we need to make a decision as to whether or not we can support the trial. Indeed it also provides you with the opportunity to consider, at that point, whether we are the right CTU for you.

Example discussion areas:

  • LCTU role and collaboration
  • LCTU costing process
  • Confirmation of funder and submission deadlines
  • Involvement of other stakeholders – sponsor, RDS, CRN
  • Study overview or plan
  • Study timelines
  • Brief overview of trial design and methodology
  • Next steps

You will be notified if your study is one that we can support.

Stage Three - Trial Support

Once collaboration is agreed, the Terms for Collaboration will be signed by us and you. Our aim is to always provide ‘full trial support’ as outlined in Stage One above.

Further meetings will be arranged during the application/protocol development process. These may include other potential collaborators including the East Midlands Research Design Services as applicable. We need to be involved at this early stage to determine the level of LCTU collaboration, that the application is costed appropriately and that the study design and statistical analysis is appropriate to answer the outcome measures and research question(s).

Once LCTU input is confirmed, we will issue a Costing Letter, detailing the services to be provided and associated costs.

Stage Four - Funding approved

On receipt of the funding award, LCTU will undertake the research activities as defined in the bid we helped to prepare and the LCTU Costing Letter, and as applicable to the funding award specifications. A contract or service level agreement will be put in place before services commence.