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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13380: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 14 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the annual budget is of NHS Research Scotland's Partnership with Industry programme, and how its spending is evaluated.

Answered by: Shona Robison 9 January 2018

NHS Research Scotland (NRS) supports clinical research studies and clinical trials from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology industries through a simplified, single point of access to Scotland’s clinical research infrastructure, including world-class facilities, expert investigators and well-characterised groups of patients. 

NRS operates a single contract draft and single commercial price for industry-led research under which the full cost of conducting commercial research in the NHS in Scotland is covered by the commercial sponsor. There is therefore no annual NRS programme budget or spend associated with NRS collaborative working with industry.  

More details of the role of NRS and how it works in partnership with industry can be found at: