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Research for the Future is an NHS supported campaign that helps people find out about and take part in health and care research.  Getting involved in research means you are helping to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses.

Everyone is welcome to register with Research for the Future, whether you have a health condition or not. The only requirement is that you must live in England and be 18 years or over. Registering means we will inform you about research opportunities you may wish to take part in.

We offer opportunities to get involved in research across all health conditions as well as for healthy volunteers.

There are many different types of research to get involved with including:

  • helping to design a study
  • being part of a discussion group
  • completing a survey
  • helping to test new equipment, or
  • being involved in a clinical trial.

We also have five areas of particular interest, our ‘Help BEAT’ campaigns.  Our current campaigns are Help BEAT Coronavirus, Help BEAT Diabetes, Help BEAT Heart Disease, Help BEAT Kidney Disease and Help BEAT Respiratory Disease. We are especially keen to hear from people living with these health conditions as we regularly have research opportunities in these areas.

Current studies


Looking to understand if certain medications can help slow down the progression of MND (motor neurone disease).

Find out more about: MND-Smart

Parkinson’s Families Project (PFP)

Investigating the genetic causes of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

Find out more about: Parkinson’s Families Project (PFP)


Study testing two different low-calorie diets aimed at helping people with type 1 diabetes lose weight and improve their blood glucose control.

Find out more about: MIDDAS-Type1

Emotion and video games

Investigating the effect of emotion on video game performance.

Find out more about: Emotion and video games

UK GCA Consortium – retrospective study

Understanding more about the causes of GCA (giant cell arteritis).

Find out more about: UK GCA Consortium – retrospective study


Investigating whether a new portable self-management system can help people with diabetes manage their blood glucose levels, adhere to treatment plans and improve quality of life.

Find out more about: Actiste

COVID Vaccine Monitor study

Collecting people’s experiences of the Covid-19 vaccine booster and monitoring any side effects that may be experienced.

Find out more about: COVID Vaccine Monitor study

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The PANORAMIC trial is testing new antiviral treatments for people with COVID-19 that can be taken at home.

Find out more about: PANORAMIC Trial

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STEP HFpEF study

Investigating how well a new drug called semaglutide works at helping people lose weight and reduce symptoms of heart failure.

Find out more about: STEP HFpEF study

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MoNoPly study

Understanding how the brain processes pain and how it learns and adapts to sensory experiences over time.

Find out more about: MoNoPly study

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What does research impact mean?

Understanding what ‘research impact’ means to those taking part, as well as their opinions of what makes good research.

Find out more about: What does research impact mean?

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Anxiety in older adults

Looking to understand how older people from different cultural backgrounds understand and experience anxiety.

Find out more about: Anxiety in older adults

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Study looking to understand why people with different chest conditions develop a cough and how their cough compares to people without a chest condition.

Find out more about: Orchid

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CHIEF-PD trial

This study is looking to determine if a certain medication can help prevent falls in people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Find out more about: CHIEF-PD trial

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This study will investigate the effect of medication reviews on blood pressure control in people with hypertension (high blood pressure).

Find out more about: OUTREACH



The PRINCIPLE clinical trial is looking to find low-risk treatments that can be taken at home for people with COVID-19 symptoms.

Find out more about: PRINCIPLE Trial

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This study wants to find out whether medications currently prescribed to treat people with diabetes and heart problems could be used to prevent heart problems.

Find out more about: PONTIAC II

Study archive

View all research opportunities and studies that we have promoted online

Find out more about: Maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY)

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