Speak to the Local PI of the study to get their endorsement to join the scheme
Complete the registration form
The Associate PI works alongside their Local PI for 6 months of the study at the site, the Local PI acts as a mentor during their time on the Scheme
Complete the Checklist and complete the Associate PI Scheme Learning Pathway in NIHR Learn
Checklist signed off by Local PI and National Study Coordinator.
Associate PI Scheme team issues a Certificate, officially confirming Associate PI status
Acknowledged in publication from the study in a PubMed searchable way, normally in the appendix as a collaborator. Please note we cannot mandate this, but we heavily encourage it.
Associate PI Scheme - Checklist Activities
Signature on study-specific delegation log
Dissemination to the department
Engagement with staff, research team meetings (Diary of research team meetings)
Site log, protocol amends, data returns and quality
Train staff (GCP, protocol)
Screening logs, recruitment/consent of patients or facilitating consent of patients
Deputising for PI
Benefits of the Associate PI Scheme
For the API
Experience of research with the oversight of the local enthusiastic PI
Learns about the challenges and practicalities of delivering a portfolio study
Participation is recognised through certification for their training portfolio
Associate PIs will be acknowledged in the primary publication(s) from the study
For the PI
Additional support with the delivery of the study
Developing the PIs of the future
For Study Team/CTU
Increased support for the trial at sites - managing delegation logs, etc.
For the Patient
Increased opportunities to be involved in high-quality research
Clinical Trial Webinar Series for APIs
The MRC CTU at UCL will be running a monthly webinar series on the last Thursday of every month (1-2pm via TEAMS) for all APIs affiliated with a trial at the MRC CTU at UCL. Please note the session in July will be on the 13th.
There will be a range of expert speakers including statisticians, health economists, and experienced investigators.
The timetable for the next webinar series is below:
30th March 2023
How to report serious adverse events
Medical Oncology Registrar and Clinical Research Fellow at MRC CTU at UCL
20th April 2023
How to design a trial including novel trial designs and non-inferiority trials