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Biomedical Research Units

The NIHR Biomedical Research Units (BRUs) undertake translational clinical research in priority areas of high disease burden and clinical need.

The BRUs are based in leading NHS organisations and Universities enabling some of our best health researchers and clinicians to work together to develop new treatments for the benefit of patients. The BRUs:

  • drive innovation in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of ill-health.
  • translate advances in medical research into benefits for patients.
  • provide a key component of the NHS contribution to our nation’s international competitiveness by building on the best research leaders and their teams and enabling their host institutions to achieve or further develop critical mass in a priority research area:

Ø      supporting the further development of NHS/University partnerships with existing critical mass in the priority research areas, 'building on the best';

Ø      enabling excellent, but comparatively small, research groups (comprising a relatively small number of research leaders, working in one of the priority areas, who are at the forefront of their field internationally) to achieve critical mass.

The NIHR established the first round BRUs in 2008. Designation and funding for these BRUs ended in March 2012. Following an open competition that launched in February 2011, the NIHR designated and funded a second round of twenty BRUs. These were announced on 18 August 2011. DH press release.

Biomedical Research Units
The 20 BRUs began operating on 1 April 2012.

Name Name including host organisation and academic partner

 

Priority Area

 

Funding for four years from 1 April 2012

NIHR Barts Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit

NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Cardiovascular Disease at Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London

Cardiovascular disease

£6,557,380

NIHR Birmingham Liver Biomedical Research Unit

NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease at the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Birmingham

Gastrointestinal disease

£6,561,700

NIHR Bristol Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit

NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Cardiovascular Disease at the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol

Cardiovascular disease

£6,970,180

NIHR Bristol Nutrition Biomedical Research Unit

NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol

Nutrition

£4,500,000

NIHR Cambridge Dementia Biomedical Research Unit NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Dementia at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge

Dementia

£4,500,000

NIHR Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Musculoskeletal Disease at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Leeds

Musculoskeletal disease

£6,675,334

NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Cardiovascular Disease at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester

Cardiovascular disease

£6,559,020

NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Loughborough University

Nutrition

£4,500,000

NIHR Leicester Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit

NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Respiratory Disease at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester

Respiratory disease

£4,500,000

NIHR Liverpool Pancreatic Biomedical Research Unit NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Gastrointestinal Disease at The Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Liverpool

Gastrointestinal disease

£6,563,040

NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Musculoskeletal Disease at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Manchester

Musculoskeletal disease

£4,950,000

NIHR Maudsley Dementia Biomedical Research Unit 

 

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

Dementia

£4,500,000

NIHR Newcastle Dementia Biomedical Research Unit NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Dementia at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University

Dementia

£4,500,000

NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Deafness and Hearing Problems at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham

Deafness

£6,257,280

NIHR Nottingham Digestive Diseases Biomedical Research Unit NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Deafness and Hearing Problems at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham

Gastrointestinal disease

£7,199,341

NIHR Oxford Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Musculoskeletal Disease at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Oxford

Musculoskeletal disease

£9,794,722

NIHR Royal Brompton Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Cardiovascular Disease at The Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College London

Cardiovascular disease

£9,740,780

NIHR Royal Brompton  Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit The NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Respiratory Disease at The Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College London

Respiratory disease

£9,735,620

NIHR Southampton Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit

 

NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Respiratory Disease at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Southampton

Respiratory disease

£7,314,600

NIHR Queen Square Dementia Biomedical Research Unit NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Dementia at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  and University College London

Dementia

£4,500,000

Funding
The amount awarded to each Biomedical Research Unit 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

 4.3 Biomedical Research Units

Athena SWAN
The NIHR has stated that for future competitions to designate and fund NIHR Biomedical Research Units, Biomedical Research Centres, Patient Safety Translational Research Centres and Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, 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.