Registration explained

Why should I register with Research for the Future?

People take part in research for a variety of reasons, whether it’s to help others, find a cure, or to have access to the latest treatments.

By carrying out research into what works, we are able to discover the best ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illness.  Research can only take place with your help.

Research for the Future connects people who are interested in participating in research, with research teams who are looking for people to take part.

We are especially keen to hear from people living with our ‘Help BEAT’ campaign health conditions as there are a higher number of research opportunities in these areas.

  • Help BEAT Diabetes for people who have diabetes or have been told they are at risk of developing it (non-diabetic hyperglycaemia)
  • Help BEAT Heart Disease for people with conditions such as heart failure, angina and atrial fibrillation
  • Help BEAT Kidney Disease for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), are on dialysis or have had a kidney transplant
  • Help BEAT Respiratory Disease for people with conditions such as COPD, asthma and bronchiectasis
  • Help BEAT Coronavirus for everyone that wants to help the NHS find new treatments and care for Covid-19 infection and long-Covid.

Most of our research takes place in and around Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire, South Cumbria and north-west England.


What does registering with Research for the Future mean?

Registering means you will receive information about suitable research opportunities.  You may also receive occasional information relating to your health, local events or satisfaction surveys and our newsletter.

The registration form will ask you for your contact details and some questions about your general health. We use this information to match you to research opportunities.

The easiest way to register is via our  online form.


  • Text researchand your name to 81400 (standard text message rates may apply), and a member of our team will call you to complete your registration over the phone
  • Call the office on 0161 206 3636 (standard business hours).


What happens once I have registered?

  • If you register online, at an event or clinic, one of our advisors may need to contact you to confirm your details.
  • If you register by text, one of our advisors will contact you within a few days to complete your registration.


Why do I need to provide my NHS number?

Your NHS number is unique to you.  It helps us identify you correctly and confirm that the details we hold for you remain current. The Research for the Future team can never see your health or medical records.

You can find your NHS number on your prescription, medical card, the NHS app, or your GP practice can give it to you.  Alternatively, if you are registered for digital services with your GP, you can use the NHS website to request your NHS number is sent to you.


What happens to the information I provide?

Only the Research for the Future team has access to your information.  Your details will never be passed to anyone else.  You can read more about how we store and protect your personal information in our Privacy Notice.