School of Health in Social Science

Sponsorship and Governance

Research Governance applies to any-health related research that involves humans, their tissue, and/or their data.

Research Governance is ‘the broad range of regulations, principles and standards of good practice that exist to achieve, and continuously improve research quality across all aspects of healthcare in the UK and worldwide’ (APCRC)

Under the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research, every research study run in the UK that relates to healthcare is required by law to have a Sponsor. Sponsors ensure that studies are of a good quality, appropriately managed and funded, adhere to Good Clinical Practice and are adequately indemnified.

If your study involves human participants, their data or tissue, then your study falls within the remit of the Research Governance Framework and may require sponsorship.

Unsure if your project requires sponsorship? Use the resources below:

Or contact the CAHSS Research Governance Coordinator

Getting sponsorship for your research

The sponsorship contact for projects within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is the CAHSS Research Governance Coordinator. It is recommended you contact the Research Governance Coordinator at an early stage and before you apply for ethical approval.


Telephone number: +44 (0) 131 651 3916


The Research Governance Coordinator offers a range of support and advice relating to research governance,  they can:

  • Determine whether your project requires sponsorship
  • Advise on whether your study comprises clinical audit, service evaluation or research
  • Identify what approvals are required (for example, ethics approval, NHS R&D) and how to gain those approvals
  • Support you to plan your study set-up and provide ongoing advice and support through participant recruitment and follow-up
  • Review and give Sponsor sign-off of applications to NHS Research Ethics Committees and for NHS Management Approval (R&D)
  • Provide assistance regarding amendments to running projects


Read these documents for full guidance and information: