Welsh Government

Attributing the costs associated with non-commercial NHS research (AcoRD) training

Facilitator: Health and Care Research Wales Support Centre.

Course outline:

Research grant applications made to funding bodies for non-commercial research are expected to include a full assessment of the costs involved in a study in order to determine overall value for money of the proposed research.

This course is aimed at individuals who are involved in writing grant applications, as well as those who support researchers in the development of their research questions, protocols and applications. This includes, but is not limited to: researchers, NHS R&D teams, Clinical Trials Unit teams and delivery teams.

The course will actively discuss the importance of identifying all activities associated with research studies which will incur a cost and how to correctly categorise these costs using the AcoRD policy. It will also discuss the sources of funding for the various activities highlighted.

This course assumes that candidates are familiar with study protocols and have an understanding of the grant application process and research terminology.

Please note a certificate of attendance will only be issued if delegates complete all elements of the training. Times will be confirmed on receipt of the registration form.


Following the training, participants will be able to:

  • understand the relevance and importance of cost attribution;
  • recognise the importance of getting this right;
  • apply the principles of the AcoRD policy;
  • understand the terminology used in the policy;
  • confidently identify research costs, NHS Support Costs and Treatment Costs for non-commercial research studies;
  • understand how AcoRD links to funding streams in Wales and how costs identified are met. 

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