HRB NCTO is government-funded through the Health Research Board and Enterprise Ireland and provides infrastructure to support clinical research in Ireland so that Irish patients can benefit from new and better treatments and interventions. Our priority is to proactively support industry to deliver high quality clinical research in Ireland.

HRB NCTO provides the Life Sciences sector, across, pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices with a direct and simplified route to a network of experienced Clinical Research Facilities/Centres (CRF/Cs) and investigators working across a wide range of disease and therapeutic areas. The CRF/Cs are equipped to work in partnership with industry and provide the infrastructure, facilities and experienced research and specialist support staff to successfully conduct world-class patient-focused research. We provide a range of services that are designed to improve the performance of research and help the delivery of studies, particularly large and multi-centre studies, on time and to target.

HRB NCTO supports researchers and companies in both the pharmaceutical and medical technologies sectors, including indigenous SMEs, established companies and multi-nationals in developing and delivering cutting edge research in a safe and regulated environment to international standards. We provide consultancy, support and information services to both academic groups and life sciences companies on product development and clinical strategy process from concept to commercialisation. This includes facilitation of contacts for companies/researchers with the clinical community and service providers required to support the development of their project.

To make the most of our expertise and resources, contact us as soon as possible about your upcoming study.

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.