Research and knowledge exchange

Research Sponsorship

All research carried out within the NHS or social care/ community care will require a research sponsor.

The Sponsor is responsible for ensuring that:
 arrangements are in place for the research team to access resources and support to deliver the research as proposed and
 agreements are in place which specify responsibilities for the management and monitoring of the research

For projects that involve the NHS and fall under the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research the University of Sussex can act as a Sponsor for its researchers. These projects receive their Health Research Authority (HRA) ethical approval from a dedicated NHS Research Ethics Committee following local sponsorship acceptance by the University’s Sponsorship Sub-Committee

New applications for university sponsorship are now made in writing to the Pre-Sponsorship Review Panel (PSRP) for onward submission to the Sponsorship Sub-Committee. 

The PSRP meets monthly according to a schedule with specific submission dates.

Queries about the operation of the Pre-Sponsorship Review Panel (PSRP) should be directed to

The Sponsorship Sub-Committee provides oversight for the totality of research sponsored by the University throughout the life-cycle of studies.

Please submit general queries to the Research Governance Officer  (*

* Should you wish to receive sponsorship for a study, please ensure that you understand how both the PSRP and the Sponsorship Sub-Committee Operate *


 PSRP diagram

Sponsorship application process