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Research and Development

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Information for the public

What is the Research and Development (R&D) Department within Oxford University Hospitals?

The Research and Development (R&D) Department within Oxford University Hospitals is based within the Joint Research Office, a partnership between the University of Oxford, Oxford University Hospitals and the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, to bring together the medical and scientific knowledge of the organisations and promote a high standard of research in Oxford.

Research and Development has a role in:

  • promoting and supporting high quality research, advising researchers and making sure that research conducted is safe;
  • Acting as a 'research sponsor' - the organisation which takes full responsibility for the research, including the safety of participants;
  • ensuring the safety of research projects and participants from outset to conclusion.

The Joint Research Office also has a Finance and Contracts Team, which ensures that:

  • projects are adequately funded
  • no cost falls upon the NHS
  • contracts are in place ensuring the legal responsibilities of researchers are clearly documented.

For more general information about research at the OUH please visit the main 'Research' section.

The work of the Research and Development Department is described in the leaflet below: