Clinical research is the way in which evidence is gathered in order to improve treatments for patients. It plays an important role in fueling innovation, improving quality and enabling patient access to potential new treatments.

Healthcare professionals can access a range of supports to facilitate their involvement in clinical research as follows:

  • Register as a HRB NCTO investigator member so you are promptly informed of new study feasibility assessments within your area of clinical interest.
  • Link with fellow clinicians and scientists in your area of clinical interest through the Clinical Research Networks.
  • Link with specialist research staff at your local Clinical Research Centre or Facility. The partner CRF/Cs provide the infrastructure, physical space and facilities, experienced research and specialist support staff and the necessary quality and oversight programs that are critical for the successful conduct of world-class patient-focused research.
  • HRB NCTO can provide a range of services to support you in delivery of your research study or clinical trial.

HRB NCTO and the CRF/Cs facilitate research but are not in a position to independently fund research.

To become a HRB NCTO Member, email

Services we provide:


Primary point of contact for clinical innovation and research, facilitating industry and academia.


Consultation on regulatory pathways and provision of advice on conduct of clinical research in all fields.

Study feasibility

Streamlined process with coordination and oversight through the central office, and dedicated resource in the CRF/Cs to navigate local systems and engage with Investigators, ultimately leading to efficient and timely identification of sites. Learn More

Regulatory, Ethics & Insurance

Management of the application process, including preparation and submission of study documents when feasible.

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Study start-up

Range of supports available to optimise start-up activities, including central coordination and dedicated resource in CRF/Cs accelerating all aspects of the process at the site level.


Tracking/monitoring of recruitment targets. Collation of metrics across CRF/Cs and provision of advisory support.

Audit and Monitoring

Oversight of study conduct through risk based plans and activities, with reporting to sponsor.


Ensured through a team of quality managers located across the central office and CRF/Cs, facilitating best practice and harmonisation across the network.

On-line services

Provision of resources, including templates, guidance and signposting to training and education programmes, as appropriate.


Consultancy support from product concept to commercialisation.


Ambassadors for Irish clinical innovation and research, nationally and internationally.

For further information, or to discuss how we can assist you, please contact the HRB NCTO Team.