MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership (TMRP)

 In November 2018, the MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership was awarded funding by the MRC-NIHR Methodology Research Programme.

The Trials Methodology Research Partnership (TMRP) will begin early summer 2019. Professor Paula Williamson, the current chair of HTMR Network, will lead the Partnership. 

The TMRP will bring together a number of networks, institutions and partners working in trials and trials methodology research.

The TMRP partner networks who will join the five Hubs within the MRC HTMR Network include:  

In addition, groups from 25 universities are collaborating to offer doctoral training in trials methodology research. Together these studentships will form the new MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership PhD student cohort.

Eight working groups will specialise in specific areas relevant to trial methodology.  


  • Adaptive Designs 
  • Global Health 
  • Health Economics 
  • Health Informatics 
  • Outcomes 
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Stratified Medicine  
  • Trial Conduct 


The TMRP offers an opportunity to build on the achievements of the MRC HTMR Network while exploring new collaborations and avenues to make continued progress in advancing trial methodology, developing capacity and further reducing research waste.