Tester and researecher assessing Diet Lifestyle and Physical Activity
Nurse and patient at Respiratory and Allergy Clinical Research Facility

Investing in excellence

We invest in excellence. Our funding goes to the best research studies that have been shaped by the leading academics and clinicians of the nation. Funding decisions, assessed on the basis of the importance of the research question, the quality of the science, and value for money, are made by independent, expert panels and committees and include patient and public representatives.


Supporting career development

We support the training of future health researchers and research leaders through a range of national programmes and schemes and through training in the NIHR infrastructure, which also has a remit to build research capacity.

NIHR Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Measurement Seminar Jan 2014
Patient and clinician completing a form

Supporting research proposals

We also fund the Research Design Service to help applied health researchers prepare proposals for submission to the NIHR and other national, peer-reviewed funding competitions. The RDS provides advice, guidance and practical support to help applicants prepare a funding application that is of high enough quality for an NIHR funding committee to recommend funding.