Who we are

Be Part of Research is a UK-wide service that helps people find and take part in health and care research across nearly every health condition.

It is run by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), in collaboration with the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The NIHR and the Be Part of Research service are funded by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

How Be Part of Research supports you to take part in research

Be Part of Research is a free online service that makes taking part in research easy.

We can help you find a study that’s right for you 

You can search for health and care research studies taking place across the UK. Find studies for health conditions you are interested in, and at locations that are easy for you to get to. 

You can also sign up for a free Be Part of Research account to be contacted about studies that are right for you.

We explain what health and care research is so you can make an informed decision about taking part

We help people across the UK make informed choices about taking part in health and care research - ensuring everyone has the opportunity to get involved. The first step to doing this is understanding what health and care research is.

We explain what taking part in health and care research will involve

We will help you understand what you can expect before, during and after taking part in research.

Find out what happens on a study.

The role of the NIHR

The NIHR’s mission is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

This is done by:

  • funding high quality, timely research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care
  • investing in world-class expertise, facilities and a skilled delivery workforce to translate discoveries into improved treatments and services
  • partnering with patients, service users, carers and communities, improving the relevance, quality and impact of our research
  • attracting, training and supporting the best researchers to tackle complex health and social care challenges
  • collaborating with other public funders, charities and industry to help shape a cohesive and globally competitive research system

Where the data on this site comes from

Information about studies listed on this site is refreshed weekly and comes directly from three databases.

CPMS (Central Portfolio Management System) 

CPMS (Central Portfolio Management System) is the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN)’s portfolio of health research studies. It also holds the network portfolios of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

ISRCTN Registry

The ISRCTN (International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number) Registry is used by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to help the UK keep the World Health Organisation’s International Clinical Trials Registry Platform updated.


ClinicalTrials.gov is an online database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies worldwide. The site is operated by the US National Library of Medicine.

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You can follow us on social media to get all the latest from Be Part of Research and the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). 

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By signing up to our newsletter, you’ll get the latest Be Part of Research news delivered straight to your inbox.

It's a great way to find the latest research news and opportunities to take part in studies. You can also find information on how you can help shape health and care research.