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Research Proposal Review Process

Investigators seeking guidance or endorsement from the UKRTN should submit their trial proposal using the UKRTN proforma.

In order to allow sufficient time for review, proposals must be received by the UKRTN at least 6 weeks before the outcome of such a review is required.

Link to UKRTN review proforma

Proposals must satisfy three criteria in order for the UKRTN to provide endorsement:

  1. Design – trials must have robust design. It is within the remit of the UKRTN to identify design shortcomings, and where such shortcomings exist, the UKRTN reserves the right to decline endorsement. It is however envisaged that feedback from the UKRTN would result in resubmission of amended designs, at which point endorsement may be offered.
  2. Feasibility – It is the remit of the UKRTN to consider the feasibility of trial proposals. If a proposal is not considered feasible, the UKRTN reserves the right to decline endorsement. It is however envisaged that UKRTN feedback may result in amended design, allowing a reassessment of feasibility and possible subsequent endorsement.
  3. Research Priority – The UKRTN may comment on whether proposals represent a research priority. Whilst it is recognized that it is not within the remit of the UKRTN to set research priorities, the UKRTN will consider how proposals relate to existing or other emerging projects and, particularly where proposals compete with other high priority programmes or trials for enrolment, the UKRTN reserves the right to decline endorsement.

Feedback to applicants

Feedback to proposers will be provided within 4 weeks following the UKRTN meeting at which proposals has been discussed.

If the UKRTN is unable to endorse a proposal, the reasons for non-endorsement will be provided in writing, including a description of the UKRTN’s assessment of the endorsement criteria listed above, and the conditions under which resubmission may be considered.