About the Research team

Since 2013, we have been the highest ranking ICB in England for Research Capability Funding, and currently we are the ranked the highest of all NHS organisations.

Each year, we support more than 60 individuals to develop new research grant funding applications, including academics, commissioners, GPs, local authority, and other care staff.

Most of the research we support is designed with service commissioners, and this helps us ensure that all of the research we support directly aligns with ICB or national priorities.

In total, we host and support around 40 research grants funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), with a total value of more than £35 million.

You can find out more about our activity in our quarterly newsletter.

What we do

The Research team is used most often for the following areas of support:

  • Research Capability Funding
  • Contract hosting
  • Research governance support
  • Grant application review and support
  • General research advice

We also offer support in the following areas:

  • Networking and facilitation of connections (e.g. NHS, academic, Local Authority, community health)
  • NHS finances and costings
  • Study recruitment logistics
  • Data access requests
  • Software (e.g. GP software and Commissioning Support Unit)
  • Intellectual Property management
  • Contract enforcement
  • Implementation and impact

What you say

In a recent survey, respondents said they were ‘very likely’ to recommend our services to colleagues or other contacts, and our service was described as ‘supportive’, ‘helpful’, ‘friendly’ and ‘responsive’.

“The team is always a first port of call for me.”

“Outstanding advice and expertise, swift replies, clear communication, total unwavering support and encouragement.”

“Always available and with a smile! … made all the difference for me.”

“They listened to what we are trying to do and engaged with various colleagues to get the right sort of support in place for us all.”

“Great at helping me troubleshoot – they seem to have answers at their fingertips.”

If you would like support for your research, please contact us:
Phone: 0117 900 2268
Email: bnssg.research@nhs.net

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