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Identify A Sponsor

The sponsor is the individual, or organisation (or group of individuals or organisations) that takes on responsibility for confirming there are proper arrangements to initiate, manage, monitor and finance a study. For any health research study covered by the Research Governance Framework, it is for the sponsor to be satisfied that clear agreements are reached, documented and carried out, providing for proper initiation, management, monitoring and financing. For any research that takes place in the context of the NHS in Scotland, there must be a sponsor. Normally, the sponsor will be one of the organisations taking the lead for particular aspects of the arrangements for the study. The sponsor may be the Chief Investigator’s employing organisation, the lead organisation providing healthcare, or the main funder. NHS GG&C can act as sponsor in the following situations:

  • A study where the CI is an NHS GG&C employee
  • A study involving NHS GG&C patients, staff or resources.

For more information on study sponsorship, please contact your Research Co‑ordinator.

Clinical Trials

For clinical trials involving medicines, the sponsor is defined as the person (e.g. individual, institution, company or organisation) who takes responsibility for the initiation management and financing (or arranging the financing) of that trial. Such sponsors have specific legal duties under the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004. Following appropriate risk assessment, NHS GG&G may act as sponsor on a trial where the Chief Investigator is an employee of NHS GG&C. Where the Chief Investigator is an employee of the University of Glasgow, NHS GG&C and the University may act as co-sponsor. Clinical trials sponsored by NHS GG&C should be formally adopted by and run by standards outlined by the Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) standard operating procedures (SOPs).