About the UK Clinical Trials Gateway

At the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), we want to help people make informed choices about taking part in health and social care research and make sure everyone has the chance to get involved in research if they want to. 

The UK Clinical Trials Gateway (UKCTG) aims to help people understand what research is and what it might mean to take part, as well as showing what research is currently happening across the UK.

The UKCTG also helps researchers find suitable people for the studies they’re running.

How it works

For members of the public

In line with NHS goals, we want to ensure that wherever you live in the UK, you know about research that’s relevant to you.

We can help you:


For healthcare professionals

UKCTG can help you find research studies that may be suitable for your patients to take part in, or help you answer their questions about how to find research opportunities.

For researchers

If you’re a researcher, the UKCTG makes it easier for you and potential trial participants to find each other.

To find out more, please see our section with information for researchers.

Who runs the UKCTG?

The UKCTG is run by the National Institute for Health Research on behalf of NHS England, NHS Wales, NHS Scotland and Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland (HSC).

The NIHR aims to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

We are a public body, established by the Department of Health and Social Care. We are a large organisation with many roles, and we work all over the country. Running the UK Clinical Trials Gateway is just one of the things we do. We also:

  • fund high quality research to improve health

  • train and support health researchers

  • provide world-class research facilities

  • work with the life sciences industry and charities to benefit all

  • involve patients and the public at every step

For more information, visit the NIHR website.

Who supports the UKCTG

We are grateful to have the support from a number of health research charities, research professionals and patient representatives. You can find out more about some of these organisations on our page of useful links.

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