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Glossary of Acronyms used in Clinical Research

There are lots of acronyms used in clinical research and sometimes wading through a document can become overwhelming. Here we have listed many of the acronyms to help you.



ABPI Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry
ACFs Academic Clinical Fellowships
AHPs Allied Health Professionals
AMRC Association of Medical Research Charities
AMS Academy of Medical Sciences
BIA Bio Industry Association
BRCs Biomedical Research Centres
BRUs Biomedical Research Units
CAT Clinical Academic Training Programme
CCF Central Commissioning Facility
CI Chief Investigator
CL Clinical Lectureships
CLAHRCs Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care
CQC Care Quality Commission
CPRD Clinical Practice Research Datalink
CRD Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
CRFs Clinical Research Facilities for Experimental Medicine
CRN Clinical Research Network
CRNCC Clinical Research Network Coordination Centre
CSRM Centre for Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology
CSP Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission
CSR Comprehensive Spending Review
CT Toolkit Clinical Trials Toolkit
CTFs Clinical Trials Fellowships
CTUs Clinical Trials Units
D4D HTC Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Cooperative
DARE Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects
DECs Diagnostic Evidence Cooperatives
Dementia TRC Dementia Translational Research Collaboration
DH Department of Health
DRFs Doctoral Research Fellowships
ECMCs Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres
EME Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme
ENRICH Enabling Research in Care Homes
ENTERIC HTC Bowel Function Healthcare Technology Cooperative
EQUATOR Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research Network
FP Fellowships Programme
FAQs Frequently Asked Questions
HEE Health Education England
HICF Health Innovation Challenge Fund
HRA Health Research Authority
HS&DR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme
HSC Horizon Scanning Centre
HSP Healthcare Scientists Programme
HTA Health Technology Assessment Programme
HTCs Healthcare Technology Co-operatives
HTMR Hubs for Trials Methodology Research
i4i Invention for Innovation Programme
IAT Integrated Academic Training Programme
INVOLVE INVOLVE national advisory group
IRAS Integrated Research Application System
IS Information Systems Programme
JLA James Lind Alliance
JLA PSPs James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships
KMFs Knowledge Mobilisation Fellowships
LS&DP Leadership Support & Development Programme
MHRA Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
MRC Medical Research Council
MRC-NIHR NPC MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre
MRP Methodology Research Programme
mCIA model Clinical Investigation Agreement
mCTA model Clinical Trial Agreement
NETS CC NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre
NHS EED NHS Economic Evaluation Database
NIHR National Institute for Health Research
NICE National Institute of Care Excellence
NOCRI NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure
NRES National Research Ethics Service
TCC NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre
TRFs Transitional Research Fellowships
OSCHR Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research
OGD Other Government Departments
RCGP Royal College of General Practitioners
PCPIE Patient, Carer and Public Involvement and Engagement
PDAs Product Development Awards
PDGs Programme Development Grants
PGfAR Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme
PHR Public Health Research Programme
PI Principal Investigator
PPI Patient and Public Involvement
PROSPERO Database of Prospectively Registered Systematic Reviews
PRP Policy Research Programme (DH)
PSTRC Patient Safety Translational Research Centre
R&D Research and Development
R&G Regulation and Governance
RAE Research Assessment Exercise
RCF Research Capability Funding
RCTs Randomised Controlled Trials
RDS Research Design Services
RfPB Research for Patient Benefit Programme
RLO Research Liaison Officer
RMP Research Methods Programme
RP Research Passport
RPs Research Professorships
RSS Research Support Services
SPCR School for Primary Care Research
SPHR School for Public Health Research
SRP Systematic Reviews Programme
SSCR School for Social Care Research
TARs Technology Assessment Reviews
TCC Trainees Coordinating Centre
TRPs Translational Research Partnerships
UKCRC UK Clinical Research Collaboration
UKCRN UK Clinical Research Network
UKCTG UK Clinical Trials Gateway
UKCC UK Cochrane Centre
UK CRGs UK Cochrane Review Groups
UKTI UK Trade and Investment