Application Process

Project registration:

As part of research governance, all research projects must be notified to and approved by the Western Trust before they begin.  This is called research governance, management or research and development approval and is required in addition to ethics approval. 

Integrated Research Application System:

The Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) is used for applying for the permissions and approvals for health and social care/community care research in the UK. 

IRAS will provide the platform for a unified approval process as part of a planned schedule of work being undertaken forward by the Health Research Authority (HRA).

IRAS allows you to:

  • Enter information about a project once instead of duplicating information in separate application forms.
  • Use filters to ensure that the data collected and collated is appropriate to the type of study and the permissions and approvals required.
  • Meet regulatory and governance requirements.

Applications should be submitted by email to the Western Trust Research and Development Office

The following documents are required and are available on IRAS:

  • NHS Research and Development form.
  • NHS Research and Development form submission checklist.
  • All documents listed on the NHS Research and Development form submission checklist, as appropriate to the research study.
  • Site-specific information (SSI) form (NHS sites) (where the Western Trust is acting as a research site).
  • SSI form submission checklist (where the Western Trust is acting as a research site).

A site specific information form is not required if the Western Trust is only acting as a Participant Identification Centre (PIC) – for further information see the guidance on IRAS

Further guidance is available in HSC Trust Research Governance Permission:

Research and Development approval:

Projects must receive Research and Development approval from the Western Trust Research Governance Committee before work is started.

Research and Development approval will be given for Western Trust only.  If a project is taking place in other NHS organisations, applications for Research and Development approval must be made to each individual host organisation where the project will take place.