The NICRN is funded by the HSC Research & Development Division and supports high quality clinical trials across all HSC Trusts.

The aims of the NICRN are:

  • To promote research within Northern IrelandImage of network (abstract)
  • To develop close partnerships and productive working relationships with key individuals and groups across the Network and the wider research community
  • To ensure that targets, including accrual of patients into trials, are achieved and maintained


  • Maintain a portfolio of network studies
  • Assist with processes involved in setting up a study, in particular ethical, regulatory and local research governance approval for clinical trials
  • Facilitate Training & Education
  • Ensure that research opportunities are maximised within available resources