Research Support Services


The Surrey Clinical Trials Unit is provisionally registered by the UKCRC. The UKCRC registered Clinical Trials Unit is available to provide support to academic-led trials across the Kent Surrey Sussex region and externally.

For academic collaborations with statistics, health economics, trial management or data management, the SCTU  must be approached at the grant application stage, ideally 3-4 months in advance of the submission deadline. Requests for academic collaboration made post-funding award or close to the submission deadline are unlikely to be successful.

The CTU is part of the University of Surrey’s Experimental Medicine Unit within the Faculty of Health and Medicine Sciences at the University of Surrey and is co-hosted with the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.



The Surrey Health Economics Centre (SHEC) in the School of Economics undertakes collaborative interdisciplinary research in health economics and service delivery. Much of its research focuses on practical and policy-related topics, using an extensive range of analytically and empirically rigorous methodologies. The Centre is well positioned to capitalise on expertise within the School of Economics in statistics, econometrics and other applied economics disciplines. The Centre has papers published regularly in core economics journals, for example Scottish Journal of Political Economy, and health journals such as British Medical Journal, Archives of Neurology, European Journal of Cancer Prevention, Health Technology Assessment, Journal of Medical Screening and Public Health.


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds the Kent, Surrey, Sussex Research Design Service (RDS) to provide research design and methodological support to health and social care researchers across the region to develop grant applications to the NIHR and other national peer reviewed funding programmes. Advice is confidential and free of charge.

Research advisers are happy to meet at a convenient time and place to discuss your research. It may be appropriate for an RDS adviser to become a co-applicant and to be costed into grant proposals. However, this is not a requirement.

We can advise on all aspects of preparing grant applications including:

  • Formulating research questions
  • Building an appropriate research team
  • Involving patients and the public
  • Designing a study
  • Appropriate methodologies
  • Health Economics
  • Identifying suitable funding sources
  • Regulatory issues
  • Writing lay summaries
  • Identifying the resources required for a successful project

Please note the RDS cannot provide support to students. Students in need of research support and advice should contact their supervisors.

The RDS does not provide advice for audit projects. For support contact your local Audit Department or R&D lead.

The RDS can provide post-funding advice to researchers experiencing difficulties and who received and acknowledged RDS support in their successful funding applications. This support may relate to study set-up, delivery or analysis, but will be advisory only, including signposting to other groups.


Research and Enterprise Support (RES) provide a range of services to support research, enterprise and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships across the University of Surrey, member organisations within Surrey Health Partners and our Clinical Academic Group collaborations with industry and the voluntary sector

Research and innovation

  • Supports the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) in formulating and delivering the University’s research strategy
  • Supports academics across all faculties with high-value and strategic funding applications
  • Engages with external research funding bodies
  • Organisies visits from research funding bodies and runs research events
  • Provides training and support for early career researchers
  • Ensures externally driven policy changes are implemented and embedded into the University
  • Manages the University’s REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission
  • Advises staff and students on research integrity, governance and ethics

Enterprise and growth

  • Facilitates academics and businesses to develop collaborative partnerships, creating exciting and innovative projects that bring real value to both parties
  • Provides project management services for academics on projects funded by the EU, regional and national agencies as well as by the UK research councils
  • Offers exceptional business support for high-tech start-ups with the potential for high growth
  • Commercialises and creates impact from the University’s research and manages the University’s intellectual property
  • Supports high-growth technology businesses on one of the most successful science parks in Europe

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