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Biomedical Research Centres

NIHR Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) drive progress on innovation and translational research in biomedicine into NHS practice.

The Centres, based within the most outstanding NHS and University partnerships in the country, are leaders in scientific translation. They receive substantial levels of funding to translate fundamental biomedical research into clinical research that benefits patients and they are early adopters of new insights in technologies, techniques and treatments for improving health. The BRCs:

  • drive innovation in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of ill-health
  • translate advances in biomedical research into benefits for patients
  • provide a key component of the NHS contribution to our nation’s international competitiveness by making the best BRCs even better.

The NIHR established the first round of BRCs in 2007. Designation and funding for these BRCs ended in March 2012. Following a new, open competition that launched in February 2011, the NIHR designated and funded a second round of eleven BRCs. These were announced on 18 August 2011DH press release.
View photographs of the Secretary of State's visit to the NIHR Newcastle BRC.

Each BRC has either a very substantial portfolio of world-class biomedical research across a range of clinical and research areas, or a substantial portfolio of world-class biomedical research in a specific clinical or research area. The eleven new BRCs began operating on 1 April 2012.

Name Name including host  organisation and academic partner Research themes Funding for five years from 1 April 2012

NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge

Brain Injury and Repair; Cancer; Cardiovascular Disease; Dementia and Neurodegenerative Disorders; Genomics; Immunity, Infection and Inflammation; Mental Health; Metabolism, Endocrinology and Bone; Population Health Science; Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine; Women’s Health

£110,073,288

NIHR Great Ormond Street Biomedical Research Centre

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust and University College London

Molecular Basis of Childhood Disease; Diagnostics and Imaging in Childhood Disease; Gene, Stem and Cellular Therapies; Novel Therapies for Childhood Diseases

£35,660,795

NIHR Guy's and St Thomas' Biomedical Research Centre

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London

Cancer; Cardiovascular Disease; Cutaneous Medicine; Environment, Respiratory Health and Allergy; Imaging and Bioengineering; Infection and Immunity; Transplantation; Translational Genetics

£58,724,775

NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London

Biobanking; Cancer; Cardiovascular; Gastroenterology and Hepatology; Genetics and Genomics; Imaging; Haematology; Infection; Interventional Public Health; Neonatal Medicine; Neuroscience; Obesity, Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism; Paediatrics; Renal Medicine and Transplantation; Respiratory; Rheumatology; Stratified Medicine; Surgery and Technology; Women’s Health

£112,992,915

NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre 

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Gene Therapy; Genotyping, Phenotyping and Informatics; Inflammation and Immunotherapy;  New Technologies and Devices; Regenerative Medicine and Pharmaceutics; Visual Assessment and Imaging

£26,548,596

NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University

The Ageing Body; The Ageing Brain; The Ageing Limbs; Genomics; Fibrosis & Repair; Mitochondria & Neuromuscular Disease

£16,636,125

NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Oxford

Biomedical Informatics and Technology; Blood; Cancer; Cardiovascular; Dementia and Cardiovascular Disease; Diabetes; Functional Neuroscience and Imaging; Genomic Medicine; Immunity and Inflammation; Infection; Prevention and Population Care; Surgical Innovation and Evaluation; Translational Physiology; Vaccines

£97,988,771

NIHR Royal Marsden Biomedical Research Centre 

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research

Breast Cancer; Cancer Genetics; Cancer Imaging; Cancer Therapeutics; Clinical Studies; Molecular Pathology; Prostate Cancer; Radiotherapy

£61,543,735

NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Southampton

Nutrition, Growth and Development; Nutrition, Lifestyle and Healthy Ageing

£9,677,372

NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London

Bioinformatics and Statistics; BioResource, Biomarkers and Genomics; Clinical and Population Informatics; Developmental Disorders; Disorders of Affect and Addiction and Their Interface with Medicine; Neuroimaging; Neuropsychiatric Disorders; Patient and Carer Participation; Clinical Trials - Innovation and Implementation 

£48,873,298

NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre 

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University College London

Cancer; Cardiometabolic; Infection, Immunity and Inflammation; Neuroscience

£98,204,505

Funding
Each Biomedical Research Centre is awarded funding over five years. The amount awarded to each centre is determined by the scale and nature of the research activity that it conducts and the anticipated impact of that activity. The awards have been made to the NHS partner, and can only be used to support the recurrent costs of patient focused research.


NIHR Briefing document

    4.2 Biomedical Research Centres


Athena SWAN
The NIHR has stated that for future competitions to designate and fund NIHR Biomedical Research Centres, Biomedical Research Units, Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care and Patient Safety Translational Research Centres, it does not expect to short-list any NHS/University partnership where the academic partner (often the Medical School/Faculty of Medicine) has not achieved at least the Silver Award of the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.