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NIHR Flexibility and Sustainability Funding | Eastern England Diabetes Local Research Network | West Anglia Comprehensive Local Research Network |


The West Anglia Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN) is one of 25 CLRNs across England and The Eastern England Diabetes Local Research Network is part of one of the 6 Topic Specific Networks. All these Networks form part of The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Comprehensive Clinical Research Network (CCRN). CCRN was created as part of the government’s research and development strategy to provide a world-class infrastructure for clinical trials in all areas of disease and clinical need within the NHS.  

The aims of CCRN are:

  • To ensure that patients and healthcare professionals from all parts of the country and from all areas of healthcare can take part in and benefit from clinical research 
  • To improve the quality, speed and coordination of clinical research by removing the barriers to research within the NHS
  • To streamline and performance manage NHS support for clinical studies to ensure that the costs of research are met in a timely and efficient manner
  • To unify and streamline administrative procedures associated with regulation, governance, reporting and approvals
  • To strengthen research collaboration with industry and ensure that the NHS can meet the health research needs of industry
  • To further integrate health research and patient care.

In order to achieve these aims, CCRN:

  • Provides an excellent clinical research infrastructure to support a high quality portfolio of clinical research studies and facilitate patient participation into studies
  • Provides those NHS Service Support Costs which were previously provided through other NHS R&D funding streams
  • Provides and deploys resources for research management in order to ensure that the research portfolio is delivered to the highest standards of research governance.


NIHR Flexibility and Sustainability Funding (FSF)


NIHR FSF is a funding stream introduced by the Department of Health in 2008 in order to attract, develop and retain the research workforce necessary for delivering high-quality health research. It’s available to research-active NHS organisations and to all NIHR research networks. 
The funding is for up to one year, and can only be used to fund salary costs. 

For 2010/11 both the Eastern England Diabetes Local Research Networkand West Anglia CLRN have been allocated FSF.

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Eastern England Diabetes Local Research Network


The Diabetes Research Network (DRN) supports clinical research into diabetes in the UK. Working together with people with diabetes, their carers, the public, clinicians and researchers, the DRN's primary goal is to achieve benefits for people with diabetes, or at risk of developing diabetes, through excellence in clinical research.


The network aims to achieve this by facilitating well-designed studies of diabetes, including those for prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The Eastern England Diabetes Local Research Network provides support to local studies in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.

  • Allocated approximately £100,530

  • Applications will be considered by the Eastern DRN Executive Group and the Eastern DRN host organisation representative. For more information download the documents below

  • The deadline for application is 18 October 2010 

  • Send completed applications to: Sandra Mulrennan, Network Manager, Eastern England Diabetes LRN, Box 285, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ 

  • If you’d like further assistance about NIHR FSF please contactSandra Mulrennan on 01223 769169



> Eastern England Diabetes LRN

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West Anglia Comprehensive Local Research Network


For further information on how West Anglia CLRN implements the NIHR CCRN agenda, please visit their website:

> West Anglia CLRN

For an application form and guidance on how to apply for West Anglia funded NHS support costs and for the West Anglia CLRN FSF please use the link below:


> West Anglia funding

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