College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Research Support and Governance

At the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, we offer comprehensive support for our researchers and collaborators.

Research support at Edinburgh Medical School

ACCORD (Academic and clinical office for research support)

The ACCORD office provides support for academic and commercial clinical and academic research.  It is a a partnership between the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian and is the first port of call for researchers in Edinburgh planning a clinical research study.

All healthcare research projects involving humans, their tissue and/or data must have a named Sponsor. Research Ethics Committees, regulatory authorities and many UK funders now require evidence of Sponsorship.

If you are a University of Edinburgh or NHS Lothian employee or student and your research involves humans, their tissue and/or data, you must contact ACCORD for confirmation of Sponsorship of your research before applying for funding and research approvals.


  • Act as Sponsor for your research study
  • Provide advice and facilitation at any stage of your research study:
    • Grant applications/funding
    • Protocol preparation
    • Approvals (ethics, R&D, MHRA etc)
    • Study set-up
    • Ongoing help through recruitment and follow-up
    • Monitoring
    • Study closedown
  • Provide expert legal input and authorised University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian signatories for contracts
  • Ensure appropriate insurance and liability provisions are in place
  • Discuss any governance and regulatory issues with you, providing training and guidance
  • Put you in touch with other professionals, groups and units for support and advice

The earlier you contact ACCORD with your research planning, the more we can do to help.

Visit the ACCORD website to get in touch.

Clinical and Preclinical Imaging

Preclinical imaging is the visualization of living animals for research purposes, such as drug development.

Clinical and Preclinical Imaging

Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility

The Edinburgh CRF provides state-of-the-art facilities for clinical research, including clinical, laboratory and specialised technical support. The facility is based at the Western General Hospital, with facilities at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility

Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit

The Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU) provides an infrastructure to design, plan and deliver clinical research studies.  It sits within the Usher Institute for Population Health Science and Informatics.

Research support at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Veterinary Hospital and Farm

The Dick Vet Farm Animal Practice is a long-established first opinion general practice for farm animals. The Farm Animal Teaching Hospital specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of cattle and sheep.

Veterinary Hospital and Farm website

University-wide research support

Central Bioresearch Service

Access the University's Central Bioresearch Service.

Central Bioresearch Service website

Consultancy policy

The College's research expertise is much sought after by industry and government to offer specialised consultancy and services.

University of Edinburgh policy on consultancy

Data management

Information Services Research Support provides everything you need to know about managing and publishing your research.

Data management on the Information Services website

Institute of Academic Development

The Institute of Academic Development provides University level support for teaching, learning and researcher development; through leadership, innovation, collaboration and direct provision that benefits students, staff and the University’s international reputation.

Institute of Academic Development website

Research Ethics and Integrity

The University of Edinburgh is committed to promoting a culture of excellent research practice and to ensuring that all research complies with the highest standards of rigour and integrity. The University complies with the 5 commitments set out in the Universities UK Concordat to support research integrity.

Research Ethics and Integrity Information on the University Research Support Office website

Research Staff Support

The University Staff pages provide information on services and support for research staff.

Research Staff Support on the University Staff website