Facilitating European Clinical Research

ECRIN is a public, non-profit organisation that links scientific partners and networks across Europe
to facilitate multinational clinical research. We provide sponsors and investigators with advice,
management services and tools to overcome hurdles to multinational trials and enhance collaboration.

Our Work

We provide our 12 member and observer countries with diverse trial support services
and contribute to 'infrastructure development' projects with additional European and international partners.

ECRIN in Numbers

Member & Observer Countries

Million citizens represented

Trials in ECRIN portfolio

Average # of countries per trial



The Clinical Research Facility at St James’s Hospital and the Trinity Centre for Practice & Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI), Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with the HRB Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN), will host a two-day Winter School focusing specifically on issues relevant to conducting trials of digital health interventions. This workshop will bring together leading national and international experts from the field of digital health and intervention research for two days of presentations, workshops and discussion on best research practice.


The next meeting of the CORBEL Medical Infrastructure Users Forum (MIUF) will be held on 6 December 2019 in Brussels. The main topics will be the progress made so far in building a collaborative framework between medical research communities and pan-European Research Infrastructures, and how to get ready for the future European Open Science Cloud. In particular, the meeting will explore the ways in which the MIUF's work can be continued in the 'EOSC-Life' project (in which ECRIN is also involved). 

The CORBEL MIUF is designed to promote close collaboration, at the pan-EU level, between medical research communities, funding bodies, and medical research infrastructures. In particular, its mission consists of:

  • promoting the establishment of pan-European scientific communities, providing the scientific content and access to patients
  • clearly defining the respective roles of infrastructures vs. scientific communities, avoiding gaps, overlaps and fragmentation
  • capturing the needs of the scientific communities and of the funders in terms of infrastructure services
  • ensuring the appropriate development and deployment of these services by one or multiple research infrastructures

*CORBEL is funded by the H2020 research and innovation programme under GA no. 654248.


The HRB-TMRN (Health Research Board-Trial Methodology Research Network) is delighted to welcome some of the world’s leading experts in trial methodology to Malahide, Dublin on December 6th, 2019, for its 5th Trial Methodology Symposium. The theme for this year’s event is 'Clinical Trial Design – partnering pragmatism with complexity to achieve excellence'.

Speakers include: Prof Jeremy Grimshaw (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa), Prof Sandra Eldridge (Bart’s and the London Queen Marys School of Medicine), Prof Matthias Briel, (University Hospital Basel Switzerland and McMaster University Canada), Dr Erika Daly (ICON Clinical Research, Ireland), Prof Dominic Trépel (Trinity College Dublin).