Integrated Research Application System (IRAS)

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A One Stop Application Shop

IRAS is a single, integrated online application system developed to simplify applying for approval or permission to conduct a piece of research in the NHS.

The IRAS form captures the information needed for the relevant approvals from the following review bodies:

  • Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee (ARSAC)
  • Gene Therapy Advisory Committee (GTAC)
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • Ministry of Justice
  • NHS / HSC R&D offices
  • NRES/ NHS / HSC Research Ethics Committees
  • National Information Governance Board (NIGB)
  • National Offender Management Service (NOMS)
  • Social Care Research Ethics Committee

Useful Links

To fill out an application form visit the IRAS website

For those new to IRAS an overview brochure is available from

However it is also recommended that users read the IRAS guidance for first time users