Excess treatment costs for clinical research

Researchers applying for clinical research funding need to complete a Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Template (SoECAT) to be eligible for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) portfolio and the support this provides.

This change came into effect on 1 October 2018.

Who needs to complete a SoECAT

You must complete a SoECAT if:

You must complete a SoECAT even if you don't think your clinical research will involve excess treatment costs (ETCs).

If you’ve already submitted your application, we’ll let you know if you need to complete a SoECAT.

You don't need to complete a SoECAT if:

Completing a SoECAT form

These are the steps you need to take when you apply for a Wellcome grant.

Reasons for the change

Excess Treatment Costs occur when patient care costs are higher in research than in routine care.

For non-commercial research the NHS is responsible for these costs. In the past, research has been held up because of difficulties arranging for ETCs to be agreed and paid.

This has delayed research and the health improvements it can bring.

This new system is to simplify the process and payment of ETCs. It is being piloted from 1 October 2018 to April 2019. During the pilot the NIHR LCRNs will:

This should simplify the process for researchers and speed up ETC approval.

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