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HSC R&D logo 06-5-2015HSC Research & Development

HSC R&D supports research that provides high quality evidence to improve care for patients, clients and the general population, and adds to our understanding of health, disease, treatment and care.

Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network

  Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network

NICTC has been successful in obtaining a research grant from Cancer Research UK (CR-UK) and the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Research and Development Division of the Public Health Agency (NI HSC R&DD)to support the formation of the Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network (NICTN).  This joint financial support is augmented by additional core funding to support network activities by the NI HSC R&DD.

NICTUTealSmallv31Northern Ireland Clinical Trials Unit

The Northern Ireland Clinical Trials Unit (NICTU) is a UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) registered Clinical Trials Unit; with a core team of expert staff including Data Managers, Database Developers, Biostatisticians, Health Economists, Clinical Monitors, Trial Co-Ordinators and Trials Managers.


NICRF – Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility

The NICRF was established in 2013 with funding from the Wellcome Trust and Wolfson Foundation to provide state-of-the-art facilities to support clinical research.  The NICRF is a joint venture with the Health and Social Care, Queens University and the University of Ulster.

HSC Innovations

HSC Innovations

HSC Innovations provides a technology transfer service for Health and Social Care employees throughout Northern Ireland.


Northern Ireland Biobank

The Northern Ireland Biobank (NIB) is a collaborative project between Queens University Belfast (QUB) and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT). The vision of the biobank is to host and distribute a collection of well defined, quality assured biological samples to support translational research programmes in Northern Ireland and beyond.

National Institute for Health Research

The goal of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is 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.


    UK Clinical Research Network

As part of the National Institute for Health Research, we help to provide the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments, and we can learn how to improve NHS helathcare for the future.

UK Clinical Research Collaboration

The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Partners’ goal is to establish the UK as a world leader in clinical research.  The UKCRC provides a forum that enables all Partners to work together to transform the clinical research environment in the UK.

Medical Research Council

The heart of our mission is to improve human health through world-class medical research. To achieve this, we support research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental lab-based science to clinical trials, and in all major disease areas. We work closely with the NHS and the UK Health Departments to deliver our mission, and give a high priority to research that is likely to make a real difference to clinical practice and the health of the population.