Criteria for collaboration

  • At what stage is the submission? e.g. outline, full or already funded

We would expect to be involved at the earliest opportunity at outline or preliminary stage. If there is less than 8 weeks before the submission date, we may be unable to support the application even if it would qualify as a high profile application

  • Does it contribute to the high calibre portfolio of activity LCTU undertakes?

We aim to have a portfolio that is high quality, mixed and supports research that answers important research questions

  • Is the investigator based at the University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust or the University of Leicester?

We very much welcome investigators who are based locally or nationally

  • Is it single or multi-site, randomised or non-randomised?

Our priority area is multi-site RCTs; however, a single-site trial will be considered based on whether or not it meets the criteria outlined in this section

  • Is the funder the NIHR?

NIHR applications are one of our priorities, but we do consider other high calibre funders such as the MRC, major UK charities, EU or Investigator Initiated Industry studies

  • Is it a pilot or feasibility trial?

If it is, we would expect a Research Design Service to have already been contacted. We can support pilot and feasibility trials but other factors outlined in this section would have to be met

  • Does it address an important research question which is a national or funder priority?

Trials that address important research questions for the funder and meet their priority areas have a better chance of being shortlisted and eventually funded

  • What level of LCTU support is being requested?

Our preference is for full trial support which includes:

  • Design and methodology
  • Central co-ordination and management
  • Statistics
  • IT and data management

We acknowledge that some teams have a great deal of in-house expertise and may not require full trial support. For investigators of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust or the University of Leicester we will consider this request on a case-by-case basis. For collaborators from other Institutions we can only offer full trial support

  • Does LCTU have the necessary expertise to support the trial?

Our aim is to see a successful application come to fruition. If we feel an application will benefit more from a CTU with greater expertise in a specific area we will sign-post to more relevant CTU(s)

  • Does LCTU have the necessary capacity to support the trial?

Our aim is provide adequate time and resources to work with investigators on their funding application. At certain times we may experience a ‘bottle-neck’ in terms of available capacity, especially around the time when funding application submission dates are drawing close. This can sometimes impact on dealing with late requests to support applications

  • Would the investigator be happy to accept and sign our 'Terms for Collaboration'?

We would expect all investigators to sign and agree to the terms for collaboration as part of our acceptance to work together