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Who we are

The NIHR Southampton Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is part of the NIHR and hosted by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.


Embedded at the heart of Southampton General Hospital, our comprehensive NIHR CRF is where the latest developments first enter the clinic, both from our own laboratories and from leading companies.

We are one of 28 NIHR clinical research facilities networked across the UK, giving superb access to sites, expertise and research infrastructure.

Our facility is part of the UKCRF Network, which consists of around 54 Clinical Research Facilities across the UK and Ireland. This gives us superb access to sites across the British Isles and a wealth of expertise to draw upon. We work extremely closely with our NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, also based at University Hospital Southampton, and collaborate with other local NHS trusts and universities through CRN Wessex.

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Being part of the NIHR

The NIHR funds, enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people's health and wellbeing and promotes economic growth. 

NIHR Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs) support the delivery of early-phase and complex studies in purpose built facilities in NHS hospitals.


The NIHR has awarded £161 million over five years to 28 CRF facilities across England, to support early-phase and complex studies.

Our collaborators

We work closely with a wide range of research partners and centres which further extends the expertise, facilities and capabilities we can draw upon.


This includes our NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, the University of Southampton's Cancer Research UK Centre, Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)Centre for Cancer Immunology, NIHR ARC Wessex, NIHR CRN Wessex and  more.


We also benefit from the support of the UKCRF Network and its network of clinical research facilities across the UK and Ireland. 

You can find out more about our facilities and collaborators by clicking a button below.

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