Clinical study sponsor« Back to Glossary Index
A clinical study sponsor refers to an individual, company, institution, or organization that takes responsibility for the initiation, management, and/or financing of a clinical study or trial. The sponsor does not actually conduct the investigation unless the sponsor is a sponsor-investigator. If there is also a secondary sponsor, the responsible entity would be considered the primary sponsor. A corporation or agency whose employees conduct the investigation is considered a sponsor and the employees are considered investigators.