Bournemouth University Clinical Research Unit

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Bournemouth University Clinical Research Unit (BUCRU) is a new model for supporting and conducting health related research in Dorset. It supports researchers in improving the quality, quantity and efficiency of research across the University and local National Health Service (NHS) Trusts. It does this by:

  • Helping researchers with developing high quality applications for external research funding (including small grants)
  • Ongoing involvement in funded research projects
  • A “pay-as-you-go” consultation service for other work.

How can BUCRU help?

BUCRU can provide help in the following areas:

  • Study design
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Statistics, data management and data analysis
  • Patient and public involvement in research
  • Trial management
  • Ethics, governance and other regulatory issues
  • Linking University and NHS researchers.

BUCRU focuses on health research that has relevance to the NHS. The Unit is available to Bournemouth University staff and people working locally in the NHS. There are no general restrictions on topic area or professional background of the researcher. However we do have special interests in areas such as chronic disease and complex interventions (interventions in nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology and so on).

How is it funded?

BUCRU is partly funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and incorporates the Dorset office of the NIHR Research Design Service. Further funding comes from a variety of research grants and contracts.

Current projects

Simple Guide to The Research Process in Healthcare

With help from local NHS R&D departments, BUCRU have created a simple flowchart that represents the research process in the NHS and BU, with the aim of helping healthcare researchers understand the process and what they need to do when.

You can download the guide here: BU&NHS Combined Research Process V2.2. The process is always evolving so please ensure you check back regularly for the most recent version.

There is also guidance available for postgraduate students wishing to collaborate with the NHS on their research project. This may also be useful for anyone wishing to collaborate with the NHS for research. Find the guidance here.

For information on NHS Research Passports and how to apply, see the NIHR website.

Funding Opportunities Timetable

You can download a timetable of funding opportunities in health and social care here: funding-opportunities-v3. Please ensure you check back for the most recent version.


Tel: 01202 961939

Twitter: @BU_CRU

Support Request Form

Please download this brief form to provide us with a little more information about your project/research.  Please e-mail the completed form back to


Issue 2 of the BUCRU Newsletter is available to download here: BUCRU Newsletter April 2016


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