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Submit a trial idea

Send us your research suggestions

The Network is open to trial suggestions from UK DCTN members based in the UK and Eire. If you are not experienced in setting up and running a clinical trial don't worry - the Network can help with all aspects of funding, design and implementation of clinical trials. 

Application process

If you would like to suggest a trial idea to the UK DCTN, you will need to:

  • complete this  research proposal vignette form as fully as you can OR if you have an idea in it's very early stages or no research team established please use our shorter outline proposal form 
  • send it to the UK DCTN Co-ordinator
  • our Trial Generation & Prioritisation Panel will review your idea and may send recommendations for improvement.
  • when approved you will be invited to present your research plan to the UK DCTN Steering Committee. 

It is advised that you establish a small research team to support you.

A good example of a completed vignette  is shown here, use this as a guide of what information we need from you.

It is usual practice that the author of a vignette becomes the clinical lead for a study. See here what is involved in being a clinical lead.


How we can help

If you submit an idea for a clinical trial, and it is approved by our steering group, then we can assist in getting your trial up and running in the following ways:

  • Facilitate and advise on development of trial protocol and co-ordinate study teams
  • Conduct membership surveys to assist with trial design
  • Co-ordinate and write applications for funding
  • Set up funded studies: obtain regulatory, ethical and host institution approvals
  • Supervise Trial Managers employed on specific research grants
  • Promote the benefits of collective effort within the Network
  • Encourage and develop the involvement of service users/consumers
  • Identify potential recruiting sites for your study

Conducting a pilot study is highly likely to increase the probability that your main study will be funded.





UK DCTN annual themed research call

Apply for our £10,000 research development fund. There is a new theme each year. See details for the 2018 award here


  • 2018 - Supporting research priorities identified from recently completed Priority Setting Partnerships

Please remember to read the terms and conditions before applying for this award.  You can download an application form (Word doc.) here.  

Please email or call 0115 8468625 if you would like to discuss this annual award.

Deadline for applications: Midday 20 August 2018

Please see more information on the funding awards page

Look here to see details of previous awards made to research teams across the UK







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