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The University of Southampton
NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre

Research on Research

Research on Research is about the study of research processes, such as the role of peer review in assessing scientific quality. RoR identifies and evaluates current processes and potential improvements to these processes in order to provide evidence-based recommendations for research management, all aimed at ensuring high quality and robust research, best practice and enhanced research management across the research community.

 The NIHR RoR programme is based at one of the coordinating centres - The National Institute for Health Research Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) in Southampton - where we contribute to already existing evidence in order to improve the efficiency of the NIHR’s research management processes and to the wider evidence base on research management. Our research focuses on the commissioning of research stage through to dissemination across funders.

Our primary aim is to investigate specific processes within the NIHR and the wider research funding community that are in line with strategic priorities, and to provide robust evidence in order to:

RoR is constantly evolving to ensure longer-term sustainability and to maximise the value of research outputs to the NIHR and the wider research community. All of our research focuses on addressing gaps in the evidence base, adding value by generating new evidence, and is of interest to the NIHR as well as other research funding organisations.

Expected outcomes are focused and contribute to the wider research landscape in terms of transparency, reproducibility, and the efficiency and effectiveness of the research process.

We are always interested in hearing from potential collaborators. If you have a research question or topic suggestion, or are interested in collaborating with us, please get in touch with us. Email:


RoR team:

Amanda Blatch-Jones – Senior Research Fellow

Abby Bull – Assistant Research Manager

Hazel Church - Assistant Research Manager

Kathryn Fackrell – Research Fellow

Ksenia Kurbatskaya - Research Fellow

Katie Meadmore – Senior Research Fellow

Alex Recio-Saucedo – Senior Research Fellow


Contact details:
tel: 023 8059 7565

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