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Open Access to details of publicly-funded research in England, Scotland and Wales

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:40 GMT

Author: Hazim Timimi
Position: NRR Project Co-ordinator
Institution: Update Software Ltd
Submitted Date: February 23, 2005
Published Date: February 23, 2005
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You may be interested to know that Research and Development Departments at National Health Service (NHS) Trusts in England, Scotland and Wales submit details of their NHS-funded research projects to the National Research Register (NRR). They have been doing this every three months for at least five years now. The NRR publishes this information on CD-ROM and on the web at

The Department of Health in England has also funded a scheme, now in its third year, that uses the NRR to identify NHS-funded randomised controlled trials in England. The identified trials have been registered by this scheme in the International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number Register (ISRCTN http://controlled-trials....) on behalf of principal investigators. The NRR itself includes electronic links from individual project records to the ISRCTN register.

Access to the NRR is free and open to all at

Competing interests declared: I work for Update Software Ltd which is contracted by the Department of Health in England to assemble and publish the National Research Register.