- The TMRAS service is provided by the Health Research Board – Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) and its affiliates through a centralised application service.
- The TMRAS is available to all individuals or organisations, using non-standard methods in the planning, design, implementation, analysis, interpretation or reporting of a clinical trial (CT), study within a trial (SWAT), systematic review (SR) or study within a review (SWAR).
- For questions relating to standard methods in clinical trials, applicants can contact their local Clinical Research Facility / Centre which are based in the following locations; NUI Galway, UCC, St. James’ Hospital Dublin, UCD, UCC and CSTAR.
- Non-standard methods may include, for example, the use of an adaptive trial design or step wedge cluster design; where the individual or organisation is not familiar. Involvement in such designs requires specialised methodological expertise.
- The TMRAS service can be accessed at all stages of the CT, SWAT, SR or SWAR, however early contact with the TMRAS is advised.
- The TMRAS operates as a signposting service to direct non-standard queries to an appropriate individual or advisor from within the HRB-TMRN (or the MRC MAST service when required, see below*). Once the recognised individual accepts the request the query is forwarded and it is the responsibility of both the applicant and advisor to progress and finalise the query, independently of the HRB-TMRN.
- The HRB-TMRN recommends that advisors and the HRB-TMRN be recognised for their contribution to the applicant’s research through an appropriate publication acknowledgement, or in the case of a more significant contribution by the advisor, co-authorship of a relevant publication, in line with applicable publication policies.
- Remuneration for time or expertise shared is not the responsibility of the HRB-TMRN and any compensation for services rendered should be agreed by the involved parties.
- The HRB-TMRN do not accept responsibility for the advice or guidance received through the TMRAS system.
- Applicants e-mail addresses and contact information will be stored in line with current data protection regulations and will not be shared with any third party organisations. Applicants will be added to the HRB-TMRN e-mailing list to receive the network newsletter.
- By submitting a query to the TMRAS you are agreeing to the terms and conditions as outlined above.
*Involvement of MRC MAST
In circumstances where a query cannot be addressed through the HRB-TMRN, the MRC MAST service will be utilised, through an agreement with the MRC. In this instance a suitable member of the HRB-TMRN will be contacted to act as a point of contact for the knowledge exchange to increase capacity in the particular area related to the query. The identified individual will liaise with both the applicant and MRC advisor throughout the query process.