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At any one time the University of Oxford sponsors around 1,000 academic designed and led clinical research studies within the EU of which about 150 are interventional trials ranging from phase I to phase IV. The University sponsors approximately 350 further studies outside the EU, largely through its Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health.

Most of the EU-based studies are run by one of the University’s five UKCRC fully-registered specialist clinical trials units.

The Oxford Joint Research Office is a partnership which brings together the teams in Oxford’s two Universities and two NHS Trusts who are responsible for supporting clinical and other healthcare-related research. Originally established in 2011 as a partnership between the University of Oxford (OU) and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH), the JRO expanded in 2022 to include Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OH) and Oxford Brookes University (OBU).