Cross-Centre Placements and Skill-Sharing Scheme

The cross-centre training and skill-sharing scheme has been set-up in response to the aim identified in the 2012 ECMC Network Strategy for more centres to be conducting studies of the highest quality due to improved staff training.

The Cross-Centre Placements and Skill-Sharing Scheme applications can be made year-round at any time - so apply now!

Awards can be between one day and three weeks and will enable staff to learn new techniques and practices at other ECMCs with relevant expertise to meet a current research need. The ECMC Programme Office will help to match-up and broker relationships between ECMCs when required and fund standard travel and accommodation up to the value of £1,000.

Proposals should meet the following criteria:

  • Placement is within scope of the ECMCs, i.e. addresses a research/training need for early phase trials and/or related translational research.
  • Reimbursement requested is for reasonable travel and accommodation costs only, up to the value of £1,000.
  • Placement duration is between one day and three weeks.
  • Research need for the placement clearly identified (linking to the strategy of applicant’s ECMC).
  • Training need for the placement is identified (including why cross-centre training is required to fulfil this need).
  • Placement helps to foster new collaborations or strengthen existing ones.


This scheme is aimed at training any operational staff that work at an ECMC (laboratory assistants, QA managers, trial coordinators, research nurses etc) and wish to gain experience at a different centre. Postdoctoral researchers and Clinical Fellows may also be eligible to apply. Please contact the Programme Office to discuss this before submitting an application. Unfortunately, PhD students are not eligible to apply. The training institution must be part of a different ECMC. Please contact the ECMC Programme Office if you need help indentifying a suitable centre to collaborate with.


Applcations should involved ECMC staff who directly or indirectly line manages the person nominated to take part in the cross-centre training and skill-sharing scheme. The scheme is open to multiple applications from one centre but the ECMC Programme Office may consider the balance of applications across centres where appropriate. The ECMC Programme Office may consult with the research community where specialist knowledge is required to make a funding decision.

Applications should be submitted to Hannah Brown using this application form.