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Working with Solent

There are three ways in which Solent can act as a host site for research:​​

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Solent as the ‘host NHS organisation’ for a grant (NIHR or other)

If you are planning to apply for funding to undertake your research you will need an NHS organisation to partner with you. The organisation will help with the submission of your application and ‘host’ the grant should your application be successful. 

The Academy for Research and Improvement has a well proven track record of hosting research grants and fellowships. Since 2010 we have hosted four NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) grants, 1 NIHR Programme Development Grant and seven NIHR Programme Grants. We also host grants funded by a number of charities and a range of clinical academic fellowships. This gives us a strong pedigree to sit along side our established research infrastructure as a successful host for your grant.

As a potential host we are available to work alongside you to complete your application and can support you by identifying clinical or academic co-applicants or partners. We can also advise on the clinical relevance and feasibility of the research proposal within health and social care services to ensure success of the project.

The Academy has experts in the involvement of patients and the public in research and can also advise on costing the application in line with the Department of Health document ‘Attributing revenue costs of health and social care Research & Development the NHS (AcoRD).

As the host for a grant we are responsible for managing the contract for the research with the funder and managing any subcontracts with any organisations collaborating on the research. We will also report on expenditure to the funder and ensure all legal, financial and intellectual property arrangements are in place.

Acting as a host for research grants earns us Research Capability Funding from the NIHR. This annual funding is based on the NIHR grant income we received from hosting grants in the previous year. We use this income to support the development and writing of new research funding applications and to provide the resources to support the ongoing development of clinically important health care research.  We share this funding with external organisations that support the development of research within Solent. Applications for Research Capability funding are considered annually.

If you would like to know more or discuss Solent acting as the host for your research grant, please contact us at

Solent as a research ‘site’

Often research studies need multiple healthcare ‘sites’ to reach the necessary number of participants or to get a good range of populations. Solent acts as a delivery site to approximately 50 studies a year. We offer access to:

  • Primary care (three GP practices)

  • Community services

  • Mental Health

  • Sexual Health Services

  • Dental Services

  • Children and Families (including via nurseries, schools and colleges)

  • Care Homes

  • Homeless Healthcare

  • Social Care

  • Public Health


We are happy to support with study set up and design as well as delivery. We are able to deliver commercial and non commercial research. If we can be of help, do contact us at

Some of our recently received feedback:

"I would just like to take the opportunity to say thank you to the entire team for their hard work and the effort put into the study. The Solent team are the most dedicated, hardworking and proactive team I have had the pleasure to work with and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone."

- Denise Morris, Research Facilitator at the Academic Unit of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, University of Southampton

"May I say it has been a pleasure to work with all of your team in setting this up - your professionalism and timely help is truly appreciated."

- Richard Collings, Torbay and South Devon Trust - Chief Investigator, INSTEP Podiatry Study

Solent as a Sponsor

Solent can act as the Sponsor with overall responsibility and liability of the management of research studies. This is organised on a case by case basis based on the study design and the appropriateness for us to act as Sponsor. Please email for support or information.

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