*COVID-19 Update* The NCRI will not be holding any face to face Research Group meetings until April 2021. All meetings will be offered a virtual alternate. Your Research Group coordinator will be able to help you. Please contact NCRIGroups@ncri.org.uk if you are unsure of plans for your Group.

Our NCRI Groups

CSG WordleThe NCRI Groups have been in existence for more than ten years, and are a central part of the UK’s cancer research infrastructure. The NCRI Groups:

  • bring together clinicians, scientists, statisticians and lay representatives, amongst many others, to coordinate development of a strategic portfolio of trials within their field
  • interact with clinical research networks, funders and researchers to develop studies aimed at improving outcomes for patients
  • sit within the NCRI Research Groups Team, providing the primary, but not sole, route through which new ideas for clinical trials are developed
  • have two rounds of membership rotation annually (summer and winter) and NCRI Groups seeking applicants are advertised on the NCRI website.
  • are funded by a consortium of NCRI partners.
Broadly each NCRI Group has a UK-wide strategic remit to:

Develop and maintain a comprehensive national portfolio of clinical trials and other well-designed studies
Foster translational research in the trial portfolio that enhances the potential for stratified medicine
Liaise with funding bodies
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The NCRI Groups do not:

Fund research
Have responsibility for the delivery of the clinical trials portfolio

For more detail read » NCRI Groups Remit, 2019 (PDF)


There are currently 19 NCRI Groups, plus a resource for translational research advice on your study.

Please click on the circles below for more information on individual NCRI Groups, including current membership, portfolio maps and recent reports.

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