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IRAS Sponsorship Guidance for Staff and Students

What is a research sponsor?

The Research Sponsor takes ultimate responsibility for the conduct and integrity of the research, ensuring that research studies have adequate indemnity/insurance arrangements, are registered, are approved by the appropriate bodies and are subsequently monitored.

The University of Wolverhampton acts as sponsor for the majority of staff and student research.

However there are circumstances when this may not automatically apply:

  • When a staff member has an NHS contract and is employed within the NHS where the research is being carried out, it the employing Trust may act as sponsor for the research.
  • When a student is an NHS employee where the research is being conducted, the employing Trust may act as sponsor for the research.
  • Exceptionally it may be appropriate for joint sponsorship of a study.
  •  When research is being funded by a commercial organisation they may act as the sponsor.

What do I need to do to ensure I have appropriate approval for my research?

The University has an Institutional Sponsorship Policy - Health & Social Care Research (Word doc 31k). You wil need to familiarise yourself with the Policy also noting the steps below:

  1. You will need to apply for ethics approval for your study via your Faculty Ethics Committee (FEC).
  2. If you are a student you will first need your supervisor to approve your IRAS application before applying for sponsorship.
  3. If you are a student employed on an NHS contract where the research will be hosted, you or your supervisor should approach your NHS employer (R&D office or equivalent) to see if they are willing to act as sponsor for your study.
  4. Once you have NHS REC approval please send a copy of the approval letter and any associated documentation (consent forms, information sheets etc) to the Faculty Ethics Administrator. 

What do I do if my project uses human tissues (as defined by the HT Act 2004)?

Familiarise yourself with the Policy for Use of Human Tissue for Research at the University of Wolverhampton found at:

You will need to register your research on the UoW Human Tissue Research Register and submit copies of your NRES application.