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Request for Proposals to enhance NZ's clinical trials coming soon

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The Health Research Council (HRC) and the Ministry of Health are pleased to advise about the upcoming release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to enhance clinical trials in New Zealand.

The HRC and the Ministry are looking to fund a study on clinical trial systems and data infrastructure in New Zealand’s public healthcare system. Realising the potential for clinical trials research in New Zealand is an important part of the New Zealand Health Research Strategy 2017–2027.

This initiative aims to provide an evidence-base to inform the development of an infrastructure roadmap and operating model to support a sustainable and nationally coordinated clinical trials enterprise in New Zealand, and contribute to improved and more equitable health outcomes for New Zealanders.

The study will need to include an analysis of existing clinical trial activity, capability and connections; a review of related international evidence; and recommendations, co-designed with stakeholders, to inform policy.

The funding partners strongly support collaborative approaches for this initiative. Collaborative project teams may include, but are not limited to, partnerships between clinical trialists, health/health systems researchers, patient group/consumer representatives, and other providers, such as those with operational research expertise.

The RFP and all associated documentation are planned for release on HRC Gateway and on the Government Electronic Tenders Service in December 2019. Further details on the scope, timeframes and funding available for this initiative will be included in the RFP. We will let you know via Update and the HRC website exactly when the RFP is released.