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Research infrastructure and partners

We work closely with our partners to develop research ideas, bid for funding, and deliver the research we are funded for. 

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) infrastructure 

NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre  is a partnership between University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol. BRCs conduct innovative translational medical science research.

NIHR ARC West  works with partner organisations, including the NHS, local authorities and universities, to conduct applied health research and implement research evidence.

NIHR Research Design Service (RDS)  provides help for people preparing research proposals for submission to open, national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.

NIHR Clinical Research Network West of England facilitates delivery of clinical research in NHS and social care in the region.


Research delivery facilities and Units

Research delivery units  in the divisions of Surgery, Medicine, Specialised Services, Women & Children, supported by the division of Diagnostics and Therapies. Read more about the different research units.

The UHBW Clinical Research Facility (UHBW CRF)  is a new facility for delivery of clinical research trials, as well as earlier stage experimental research. 

University of Bristol Infrastructure includes:

The Bristol Trials Centre is a UKCRC fully registered Clinical Trials unit designs and conducts high quality pragmatic randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in primary and secondary care.  

The Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) conducts high quality research within a number of themes relating to primary care and general practice.

The Bristol Centre for Surgical Research  is a multi-disciplinary collaboration aiming to transform patient care by increasing evidence-based surgery.

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research (EBI) nurtures research across disciplines to improve health.

The MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit(IEU) conducts some of the UK's most advanced population health science research.

The Centre for Public Health focuses on a range of policy topics including obesity, physical activity, nutrition, sexual health, mental health and well-being, tobacco, alcohol and drugs misuse.

MRC ConDuCT-II Hub for Trials Methodology Research. ConDuCT-II stands for Collaboration and innovation in Difficult and Complex randomised controlled Trials In Invasive procedures and is part of the MRC's Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research.

Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) also known as Children of the 90s, is a world-leading birth cohort study, charting the health of 14,500 families in the Bristol area.


Local partners

Bristol Health Partners

  • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • Bristol City Council
  • Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)