NIHR Non-commercial Partner 

Mental Health Research UK is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial Partner. This means the studies that we fund may be eligible to access the NIHR Study Support Service which is provided by the NIHR Clinical Research Network. The NIHR Clinical Research Network can now support health and social care research taking place in non-NHS settings, such as studies running in care homes or hospices, or public health research taking place in schools and other community settings. Read the full policy: Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support.

In partnership with your local R&D office, we encourage MHRUK award holders to involve your local NIHR Clinical Research Network team in discussions as early as possible when planning your study. This will enable you to fully benefit from the support available through the NIHR Study Support Service. To find out more, please visit:

If your study involves NHS sites in England you will need to apply for Health Research Authority Approval. For guidance on submitting an application please visit:

Funder Resource Pack*. The aim of this resource is to enable you to promote the benefits of NIHR CRN support to your funded researchers. 

Being a NIHR Non-commercial Partner (Partner) means that appropriate research studies funded through Mental Health Research UK eligible funding streams are automatically eligible for NIHR CRN support if they also meet the standard study eligibility criteria. This support includes access to your funded researchers to health and social care infrastructure for research, training and ISRCTN registration.