A sponsor is an individual, organisation or group taking legal responsibility for the arrangements to initiate, manage, monitor and report on a study. A sponsor may also finance a study but does not normally do so. A sponsor is not synonymous with a funder, so the sponsor should not be confused with a funding agency. CPFT normally sponsors studies either solely or as co-sponsor with the University of Cambridge.

A sponsor takes on the legal responsibility and liability for the study. If the sponsor is CPFT or another NHS entity, the study is covered by NHS indemnity rules. If the sponsor is the university, a charity or commercial organisation, indemnity needs to be provided by their insurance policies.

NHS Indemnity does not currently cover non-NHS employees who have designed the protocol for a study. The protocol indemnity usually stays with the employer of the author/chief investigator. If you are a substantive university employee you need to contact the Research Opperations Office. For more information about university insurance, please visit the university's webpages.  

The page was last updated on 27 March 2018 by aient.


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