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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.

NIHR launches new climate health and sustainability commitments

These commitments set out key steps the NIHR will take to engage in climate, health and sustainability research and capacity building. The NIHR is also committing to reduce its carbon footprint and the footprint of the wider research community.

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

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.

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.


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