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National Institute for Health and Care Research

We fund, enable and deliver world-leading health and social care research that improves people's health and wellbeing, and promotes economic growth.

Groundbreaking brain cancer radiotherapy trial launched

The £1.5m clinical trial, called APPROACH, is funded by an NIHR and Medical Research Council (MRC) partnership - and led by researchers at the University of Leeds.

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Project funding

We fund a variety of commissioned, researcher-led and themed call research:

  • in health, social care and public health
  • in Global Health

Career development

We support the development of professionals through:

  • personal awards including Fellowships
  • practitioner academic training
  • Global Health Research careers

Making a Difference

Breaking down barriers to effective cystic fibrosis treatment

In the biggest cystic fibrosis trial in the UK, NIHR-funded research has shown that a personalised web platform, CFHealthHub, could markedly increase adherence to treatment.

NHS programme linked to 20% reduction in risk of diabetes

An NIHR-funded evaluation showed referring people with pre-diabetes to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme cut their risk of progressing to diabetes by 20%.

Children’s treatment time for pneumonia halved in antibiotic research

The CAP-IT trial of antibiotic use in young children with pneumonia has delivered practice-changing results, showing the length of treatment can be reduced.


Applied health and care research on both commissioned and researcher-identified topic areas.

Research Infrastructure

Find out more about our expertise, specialist facilities, research delivery workforce and support services.

Specialty therapy areas

The NIHR funds and supports research:

  • in all specialty therapy areas
  • delivered by expert clinical leaders and practitioners
  • through effective collaboration

Global Health Research

NIHR is a major funder of high quality global health research that directly addresses the diverse health needs of people in low and middle income countries (LMICs). 

Journals, publications and data

Explore NIHR-supported research projects, their findings and data from our range of resources:

  • 5+ journals and publications for the public, care and research professionals
  • 3+ open access health research databases