Support for Researchers

We have a whole team dedicated to supporting and facilitating NHS research in Cornwall. This page will direct you to a host of resources to help you set up and run a research project. Please contact for support and assistance.

Contacts for Research and Development

If you are interested in finding out about getting involved in research please contact

Please see the Research and Development main page for contact details.

Research Statistician Request Form

Research Charity Fund Applications

Dedicated charity funds are available to support research at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. In the past our Research Charity Funds have provided staff time, equipment, consumables, lab testing and publication costs to support our local research. To make an application please email the Research Charity Team at


Charity Meeting DateDeadline for Bids
1st March 20238th February 2023
5th April 202315th March 2023
3rd May 202312th April 2023
7th June 202317th May 2023
5th July 202314th June 2023
2nd August 202312th July 2023
6th September 202316th August 2023
4th October 202313th September 2023
1st November 202311th October 2023
6th December 202315th November 2023
3rd January 202413th December 2023
7th February 202417th January 2024
6th March 202414th February 2024

Do you have a research idea involving NHS staff, patients or services in Cornwall?

If you have a research idea that involves NHS staff or patients in Cornwall, your first step to making it a reality is to complete the QIdeas form.

The form is the gateway to the relevant experts to help you progress your idea into research.

This free service is available to ALL healthcare professional in Cornwall, including non-NHS organisations with projects eligible for NIHR funding.

It is brought to you by a team of experts from The Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust’s Clinical School in partnership with the University of Plymouth, Royal Cornwall Hospital R&D Department, South West Research Design Service (RDS) and the Cornwall Health Library Service.

Once you have completed and submitted your form, it will be directed to the appropriate teams, who will then contact you directly to discuss your idea and support your development.

First stages

Study design & approval

Post-approval responsibilities

  • EDGE – You will be given login details to access to EDGE, a secure online Clinical Management System
  • Safety reporting – Procedures for safety reporting
  • Post-approval amendments – Amendments are changes made to a research project after approval from a review body has been given
  • End of study declaration – Link to the form for completing once your study is complete
  • Archiving your project – Guide for storage and destruction of information once your study is published

Roles and Responsibilities

Chief Investigator (CI)

The CI is the overall lead for a research project. They are responsible for the overall conduct of a research project.
UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research (Chief Investigator)

Principal Investigator (PI)

The person responsible for the conduct of the research at the research site. There will be a PI for each research site
Roles and responsibilities

Associate Principal Investigators (API)

The Associate PI Scheme is a 6 month in-work training opportunity, providing experience for healthcare professionals starting their research career. People who would not normally have the opportunity to take part in research in their role have the chance to experience what it means to work on and deliver a NIHR portfolio trial under the mentorship of a Local PI. Participating healthcare professionals receive formal recognition of engagement in NIHR Portfolio research studies through the certification of Associate PI status, endorsed by the NIHR and Royal Colleges.
Associate Principal Investigator (PI) Scheme


Each research study must have a sponsor. They will take overall responsibility for proportionate, effective arrangements being in place to set up, run and report a research project.
Roles and responsibilities

Page last reviewed: 16 May 2023

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