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Simplifying R&D Applications

NHS R&D permission is a legal requirement if a research study involves NHS patients, and the term 'patient' now includes tissues, organs and/or data. NRS is an initiative implemented by the CSO to streamline the NHS R&D application process for commercial and non-commercial multicentre research in Scotland, wiht NRS acting as a single point of contact for industry and researchers.


  • Help and Advice on project application queries
  • Feasibility assessments
  • Coordination of Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDAs)
  • Project tracking and performance analysis,

Downloadable Resources

Commercial and non commercial submission checklists

Model contracts for industry sponsored trials

Confidentiality agreement templates