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Applying for Research Sponsorship

The University’s Sponsorship Sub-Committee receives and monitors all applications for research sponsorship. A list of meeting dates and submission deadlines is provided below*.

Applicants with no prior experience of sponsorship are strongly advised to engage with the research governance officer at least one week before the stated deadline to receive support with their submission.

** Please note the latest guidance on clinical and sponsored research during the current pandemic. Last updated June 2020 **

Applicants should consult the Checklist for University Sponsorship before starting their application to ensure the appropriate documentation is submitted for Sponsorship review. (meeting dates)

Applications for Sponsorship will be considered in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures for Sponsorship Approval

The following documents should be enclosed, numbered and sent to :

*Full guidance is available at*.

*Note that documents differ slightly for Commercial studies or studies outside England and Wales. See for full details.*


Sponsor's Representative:

Antony Walsh

Research & Enterprise Services

University of Sussex

Falmer House

Brighton BN1 9QF

E: (also used to gain IRAS approval)

Certificates of Insurance

Once the Sponsorship Sub-Committee has agreed that your application is suitable (and a letter has been issued to confirm this), you will be able to proceed with gaining HRA and NHS Research Ethics Committee approval.

Applicants are strongly advised to read carefully the HRA applicant guidance to understand the  subsequent processes to be followed and the documents needed to support an application.

Please note that the University reserves the right not to sponsor studies when it believes the proposed project constitutes a risk to the organisation on patient safety, financial or legal grounds.

 All researchers who have been granted University Sponsorship are required to agree to follow the University's Conditions of Sponsorship Agreement.

General Responsibilities of Chief Investigators for sponsored studies  (including applications for study amendments)


*URGC Sponsorship Sub-Committee 2020-21

Meeting dates and application deadlines

 Please contact for queries about deadlines for submitting applications and to secure a review slot.

 ** Researchers should note that the activities of the Sponsorship Sub-Committee will be limited in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic:

- New COVID-19 studies will be considered in priority out of cycle in accordance with HRA guidelines

- Amendments for existing studies where it is possible to adapt activities by making them remote or virtual will also be considered on a rolling basis

Applications for new studies and any other non urgent business will be received in line with the deadlines below. Whilst the SSC will not grant formal approval for applications for any new studies unrelated to COVID-19 it will continue to review them in readiness for the lifiting of restrictions.

Please see for more information. **


SSC Meeting Date

Deadline for applicants

20 August 2020

6 August 2020

1 October 2020

17 September 2020

11 November 2020

28 October 2020

7 January 2021

19 December 2020

18 February 2021

4 February 2021

01 April 2021

18 March 2021

13 May 2021

28 April 2021

24 June 2021

10 June 2021

5 August 2021

22 July 2021



What is HRA Approval?

The Health Research Authority has released an animation to help understand the HRA Approvals process.

Useful links