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Commercial Trials Lifecycle

Currently we are not delivering any face to face training, however we will continue to review the situation in line with the latest government guidelines.

In the meantime we are offering a range of online and virtual training, details of which can be found on the CRN East Midlands Workforce Development Website and NIHR Learn.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at Investigators and research staff new to commercial research. The NIHR GCP course is a prerequisite for this course.

Course objective

To provide a foundation of knowledge around the process of getting involved in commercially sponsored and funded research to enable you to develop your site to get involved in commercial research. It offers the opportunity to gain an understanding of the process from finding your first study, through to getting selected, gaining the necessary approvals, recruitment and close down. You will be able to apply relevant knowledge and skills gained from the course to your working environment and you will be able to build on your experience.

This CRN course is free to NHS staff

* These courses, for those that are interested, will take place before the other industry offered training session

“Commercial Costing Template Training” to provide a full day, 10am-3pm, of industry processes training.

Checking Dates

A list of all the East midlands workforce Development Face to Face sessions is available on the main NIHR website and can be found here:


You can check details such as dates, times and locations on these pages but booking must be made through the NIHR Learn system. More details on how to do this are below.


Booking for this course is now done on CRN's new learning platform, NIHR Learn (formerly known as CRN Learn).

To book on click on the blue button below. You will need a NIHR Learn account but, if you haven't got one, it is easy to set up.

Note that the system requires that you use a reasonably up to date web-browser – or Google Chrome – or Firefox – or Safari if using a mobile device.

Booking onto a course

You can see which courses are coming up and which ones are near you by clicking the button below:

This link will take you to a page on the national NIHR Learn so you will need an account. If you're not logged in already, you may need to log in using your NIHR account details. If you haven't got an NIHR account you can find out what you need to do here.