About Surrey Clinical Research Centre

Surrey Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is dedicated to research trials and studies in adults.


Surrey Clinical Research Facility (CRF), formerly Surrey Clinical Research Centre, is located in the purpose-built Clinical Research Building within the University of Surrey. We are based in Guildford, Surrey, which is close to London with strong travel links. The CRF sits within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (FHMS) and benefits from close working relationships with academics across the University, the Royal Surrey County Hospital and beyond.

We are recognised as a centre for the delivery of clinical trials and studies involving adult healthy volunteers and patients following scientifically robust and ethically approved protocols. We have over 20 years’ experience in undertaking clinical trials and have worked to MHRA Accreditation standards since 2010. We have particular expertise in the delivery of early phase studies such as First in Human (FIH), Phase I and Phase IIa (proof of concept). We undertake studies in various research areas, including cardiovascular, circadian rhythms, dermatology, genetically modified organisms, infectious diseases, medical devices, nutrition, oncology, sleep/wake, and vaccines.

We work closely on sleep studies with the Surrey Sleep Research Centre (SSRC), which is led by Professor Derk-Jan Dijk. We also benefit from a strong relationship with the Surrey Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), under the directorship of Professor Simon Skene.

Our timeline

  • 1960s

    We began as Human Psychopharmacology Research Unit with Professor Ian Hindmarch at the University of Leeds. 

  • 1990

    We moved to the University of Surrey and were based in Milford, Surrey.

  • 1999

    We moved to the current purpose-built facility in the University of Surrey. 

  • 2003

    Surrey Sleep Research Centre was founded.

  • 2006

    We are renamed Surrey Clinical Research Centre. 

  • 2016

    The DRI Living Lab opens.

  • 2019

    We are renamed Surrey Clinical Research Facility to sit alongside the Surrey Clinical Trials Unit and Surrey Sleep Research Centre within the Clinical Research Building. 

  • 2020

    We formally reopen following an extensive refurbishment of the Clinical Research Building.

  • 2021

    The Surrey Vaccine Trial Hub collaboration with the Royal Surrey Foundation Trust is launched.


All studies run within the Clinical Research Faciltiy are conducted to the highest standards of safety and comply with up to date and relevant regulations and ethical guidelines. We work to well-defined standard operating procedures and work instructions and all staff are provided full training as relevant to their specific roles.