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IRAS form guidance

The following is advice and some standard answers for researchers applying for QMUL or Barts Health NHS Trust Sponsorship.

Project Filter

The main body of the IRAS form is created from the answers you give to the Project Filter questions.

It is therefore essential that these questions are answered accurately. Incorrect answers will create irrelevant questions that are not applicable to your study or will deactivate questions that are required.

Question 2 of the Project Filter asks you to categorise your study. If you are unsure how your study should be classified (or indeed how to answer any other Project Filter question) please read the question specific guidance available and/or contact the JRMO research governance team

General IRAS form Top Tips

  • E-learning provides clear instructions for new users.
  • Ensure consistency across all documents (IRAS, Protocol, PIS etc.). Vitally important that all details such as Protocol version and date, inclusion and exclusion criteria, samples size, study interventions etc. are consistent across documents.  
  • Do not just copy and paste from the Protocol or other documents. The IRAS form needs to be completed in lay language.
  • Be very clear:
    • Who will make the first to approach participants and how potential participants will be identified.
    • Who will access data, where it is transferred to and from and how it will be stored.
    • What insurance/indemnity is in place for the study and for any equipment used.
    • What is being done to protect intellectual property, where applicable.
  • Ensure all sites (including unconfirmed potential sites) are listed in Part C.
  • Justify in full any change in standard clinical care or any additional invasive intervention proposed.

Standard wording to include in your IRAS form, question-specific

Question A4

Dr Mays Jawad
Research & Development Governance Operations Manager 
Joint Research Management Office
Queen Mary Innovation Centre
Lower Ground Floor, 5 Walden Street
London, E1 2EF

E-mail: research.governance@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 7882 7275/6574

Question A42

This should be the Chief Investigator

Question A44

20 years

Question A45

The research data will be archived for 20 years according to Queen Mary University of London/ Barts Health NHS Trust policy. The data will be archived in the Corporate Records Facility at 9 Prescot Street, London, E1 8PR

Question A64

Organisation: Queen Mary University of London OR Barts Health NHS Trust Contact:

Dr Mays Jawad
Research & Development Governance Operations Manager 
Joint Research Management Office
Queen Mary Innovation Centre
Lower Ground Floor, 5 Walden Street
London, E1 2EF

E-mail: research.governance@qmul.ac.uk 
Telephone: 020 7882 7275/6574

Question A68-1

ONLY WHEN BARTS HEALTH NHS TRUST IS THE LEAD RESEARCH SITE IN THE STUDY (AND LISTED IN PART C)

Dr Mays Jawad
Research & Development Governance Operations Manager 
Joint Research Management Office
Queen Mary Innovation Centre
Lower Ground Floor, 5 Walden Street
London, E1 2EF

E-mail: research.governance@qmul.ac.uk  
Telephone: 020 7882 7275/6574

Question A74

The Sponsor or delegate retains the right to audit any study, study site or a central facility. In addition, any part of the study may be audited by the funders where applicable.

Question A76-1

QM Sponsored:
Select “Other insurance or indemnity arrangements will apply”.

Add the following sentence:
The insurance that Queen Mary University of London has in place provides "No-Fault Compensation" for participants which indemnify a research participant for negligent and non-negligent harm.

BH Sponsored:
Select “NHS indemnity scheme will apply”

Question A76-2

QM Sponsored :
Select “Other insurance or indemnity arrangements will apply”.

Add the following sentence:
The insurance that Queen Mary University of London has in place provides "No-Fault Compensation" for participants which indemnify a research participant for negligent and non-negligent harm. 

BH Sponsored:
Select “NHS indemnity scheme will apply”

Question A76-3

  • Research conducted at NHS site(s) only: tick NHS box
  • Research conducted at both NHS and non-NHS site(s): tick both boxes
  • Research conducted at a non-NHS site(s) only: tick non-NHS box


To access full guidance on the IRAS form visit the Help section of the MyResearch website.

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