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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.

Nasal sprays reduce symptoms and duration of colds and flu

Research results showed nasal sprays were more effective at speeding up recovery times than physical activity and stress management. Both nasal sprays shortened the duration of the illness by 20%.

Snotty lady

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


New evidence for shorter early breast cancer treatment

The NIHR-funded PERSEPHONE trial found that 6 months’ treatment with Herceptin (trastuzumab) for women with HER2-positive early breast cancer was as effective as 12 months’ treatment.

Premature/pre-term baby hand holds mum's index finger

Giving preterm babies the best start from birth

Results of NIHR-funded research into the best feeding approach for extremely preterm babies have informed national guidelines, cut NHS costs & supported a consistent approach to practice

PRISM study

Test for sore throat cuts antibiotic use by nearly a third

A clinical scoring test developed by NIHR-funded researchers has cut the use of antibiotics prescribed for sore throats by nearly a third and a cost-effective approach to manage patients’ symptoms.


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