How do I know this is a good research project?
Most research projects are scientifically reviewed by an independent panel. All research done in the NHS must also follow the guidelines set out by the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care (PDF 218KB), which make sure that the project is safe, ethical and of a high quality.
Once the scientific review has taken place, the researchers have to apply for funding. Another independent review is carried out by the organisation awarding the money. All of these have high criteria that must be met before the organisation will agree to fund projects, and there’s a lot of competition – only the best-designed studies are funded.