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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.

Shape the future: Add research to your career

The Shape the future Autumn campaign aligns with the NHS's 75th anniversary, aiming to inspire healthcare professionals' engagement with research. The campaign empowers healthcare professionals to engage in research and shape the future of healthcare. As a supporter, your role in promoting research careers and opportunities is invaluable.

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NIHR invests a further £55m to tackle health inequalities through local government research

NIHR is funding 11 new Health Determinants Research Collaborations. These innovative local government partnerships will boost research capacity and capability in local areas across the UK.

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.

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.

Diabetes diagnosis improved by quick, inexpensive C-peptide test

An NIHR Clinician Scientist award supported Professor Angus Jones and his colleagues in developing convenient tests to confirm patients’ diabetes diagnosis.


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