The Health Research Authority have released guidance for clinical researchers, sponsors and sites with regard to COVID-19. The guidance is also summarised here and relates primarily to submitting amendments to existing research studies.
Undergraduate and Master’s student research – during the COVID-19 pandemic, the HRA and devolved administration are prioritising the review of studies related to COVID-19. There is also significant pressure on the NHS/HSC, limiting its ability to participate in research studies unrelated to COVID-19.
The HRA have therefore decided stop reviewing applications for individual undergraduate and master’s student projects from now until further notice.
Please see this new guidance which relates to health and social care research projects conducted by undergraduate and master’s students.
Non-COVID-19 related clinical research – the NIHR have recently released their Restart Framework so that a rich portfolio of research studies can be restored, including paused and new projects. You can read the document here.