The Hub

As the Clinical Research Network we are the dedicated hub for advancing healthcare across Health, Social and Primary Care environments. Fulfilling a vital role within the wider UK Clinical Research Networks, we enable delivery of clinical trials and other high quality research within the healthcare environment.


The NI Clinical Research Network was established in 2008 under the UK government’s health research strategy: Best Research for Best Health  with the aim to, “Create a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world-class facilities, conducting leading-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.”


The NI Clinical Research Network acts as the dedicated regional hub for advancing healthcare via clinical trials and other high quality research across the NI health and social care (HSC) environment including primary care.


We act as the central coordinating hub offering effective access to well-managed, multi-disciplinary research teams embedded in HSC. We account for over 30% of the research budget in NI with an annual investment of approx. £3.2 million and we work closely with research partners across HSC Trusts, academia, charities, patients, the public and commercial sponsors.

1. Royal Victoria Hospital

274 Grosvenor Rd,
Belfast BT12 6BA

+44 28 9024 0503 

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2. Belfast City Hospital

Lisburn Rd,
Belfast BT9 7AB

+44 28 9032 9241

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3. Mater Infirmorum Hospital

45-51 Crumlin Rd,
Belfast BT14 6AB

+44 28 9074 1211

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4. Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children
5. Musgrave Park Hospital

Stockmans Ln,
Belfast BT9 7JB

+44 28 9090 2000

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6. Ulster Hospital

Upper Newtownards Rd,
Dundonald, Belfast BT16 1RH

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8. Altnagelvin Hospital
9.South West Acute Hospital

124 Irvinestown Rd,
Enniskillen BT74 6DN

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10. Craigavon Area Hospital

68 Lurgan Rd, Portadown, Craigavon BT63 5QQ

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