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Working with us

Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit (CCTU) is a UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) registered clinical trials unit and receives NIHR support funding.


Our aim is to work in partnership with researchers to deliver the highest quality clinical trials and clinical research, addressing important questions relating to human health and disease. The unit’s portfolio of studies covers a broad range of disease areas, mirroring the broad spectrum of research interest of Cambridge University Health Partners. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Oncology
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Paediatrics
  • Renal disease
  • Neurology, Neurosciences, Trauma
  • Imaging
  • Surgery and peri-operative care

Collaboration with CCTU 

We are able to offer a broad range of support for investigators planning to undertake a clinical research project, including:

  • Clinical trial design 
  • Support with the grant proposal 
  • Protocol design 
  • Trial set-up and close-down 
  • Trial coordination 
  • Database provision 
  • Data collection and data management 
  • Randomisation 
  • Statistical analysis 
  • Monitoring and regulatory affairs 
  • Publication 
  • Archiving 

Investigators wishing to collaborate with CCTU should send the completed Collaboration Enquiry Form and any other information to CCTU@addenbrookes.nhs.uk.

Please note that collaborations are subject to capacity and the CCTU reserves the right to decline requests.

The CCTU reserves the right to decline some applications, for reasons including concern over feasibility, design or nature of submitted applications. Such decisions will be discussed with the applicants in person.

Should you already have funding for your trial, a decision on collaboration will be made not only on the quality of the research but also on the funds available. The CCTU cannot provide you with CCTU cost estimates for your trial unless we have confirmed involvement and have discussed your proposal with you.

Funding and collaboration flowchart

Collaboration Enquiry Form


CCTU as co-applicant 

Most major funding bodies expect that clinical trials are closely supported by a registered CTU. Involvement of the CCTU should ideally start at the research design stage, and CCTU support of grant submissions requires the inclusion of the following staff as co-applicants: 

  • A CCTU statistician 
  • And/or a CCTU health economist 
  • And/or a CCTU senior staff member 

As part of the trial team, the CCTU is able to effectively support and collaborate with you for the duration of the trial. The members named on the grant application are expected to be co-authors and CCTU must be acknowledged on any publications.