Internet Explorer is no longer supported by Microsoft. To browse the NIHR site please use a modern, secure browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.

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.

NIHR welcomes launch of Rare Disease Action Plan 2024

The government’s Rare Disease Action Plan 2024 has been published, highlighting the work that has so far been done by the NIHR, DHSC and others over the last year to better address the needs of people with rare diseases.

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

Preventing early heart disease in high-risk patients

Use of new software developed with NIHR funding is identifying more patients at high risk of early heart disease and heart attacks. Earlier diagnosis and treatment are saving lives and shaping healthcare policy.

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%.

Programmes

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