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Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit

Specific information on setting up clinical trials and clinical studies and support by the Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit (CCTU).

Cambridge Clinical Research Centre (CCRC)

Funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), the CCRC provides world-class facilities, supporting translational research for adult and paediatric patients and healthy volunteers in early phase trials, experimental medicine, inpatient, outpatient day-cases and interventional investigations.  


General information on sponsorship and setting up clinical trials falling under the EU directive of clinical trials as an investigator.

I am planning a clinical trial

If you are planning a clinical trial which involves administering medicinal products to participants, your study may fall under the EU Clinical Trials Directive. These trials are referred to as Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs) and will need to meet more regulatory requirements than other kinds of clinical research projects.

Please contact the Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit (CCTU).

Setting up a clinical trial

Will Cambridge University Hospitals sponsor my trial?

Clinical trials conducted by local investigators (Trust and University) may be sponsored by CUH or by CUH in partnership with the University of Cambridge. Please contact us as soon as possible so that we can establish sponsorship.

My trial will be sponsored by another organisation, can you help?

For those trials sponsored by other hospitals and academic institutions and where our site is just one of many taking part, please contact the R&D office directly.

For CTIMPs where you wish to have CUH as Sponsor (or CUH and the University as joint Sponsor) the Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit (CCTU) will help you with all the necessary steps for setting up a protocol, establishing necessary resources and funds, obtaining all necessary approvals, coordination and management.