The NIHR is a whole health research system designed to fund leading-edge scientific research, drive faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and create the best possible conditions for inward investment by the life-sciences sector.
We organise our work under six broad themes and are structured so that our health research activities can be managed through four complementary work strands:
- Infrastructure: providing the facilities and people for a thriving research environment
- Faculty: supporting the individuals carrying out and participating in research
- Research: commissioning and funding research
- Systems: creating unified, streamlined and simple systems for managing research and its outputs.
We work in partnership with many sectors including other Government funders, academia, charities and industry.
The NIHR is widely distributed and covers all health and care therapeutic areas - look up NIHR in your area by postcode or specialty.
NIHR's health research system
The diagram below shows our health research system, with the collective interests of patients and the public at its core.
How to view Click on each section of the diagram to reveal the next layer of our structure. Hover over the links in the revealed list to see a brief description. Click on a link to find more information about that part of the NIHR. Use the back button to return to the main diagram.
- Research Programmes
- Research Schools
- Research Information
- Faster Easier Clinical Research
- Senior Investigators
- Clinical Research Network
- Clinical Research Facilities, Centres and Units
- Research Programmes
- Efficacy & Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme in partnership with the MRC
- Health Service & Delivery (HS&DR) Programme
- Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme
- Methodology Research Programme, in partnership with the MRC
- Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme
- Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)
- Programme Development Grants (PDG)
- Public Health Research (PHR) Programme
- Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme
- Systematic Reviews Programme (SRP)
- Cochrane Review Groups (CRG)
- Technology Assessment Reviews (TAR)
- Other Programme Work
- Blood and Transplant Research Units (BTRU)
- Centre for Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology (CSRM)
- Clinical Trials Units (CTU)
- Health Protection Research Units (HPRU)
- Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre (HSRIC)
- James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships (PSP)
- Research Design Service (RDS)
- UK Cochrane Centre (UKCC)
Senior Investigators are the NIHR’s pre-eminent researchers and represent the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research.
Investigators are Faculty members who are leading and doing research. This includes all research staff working on a research project: lead researchers, other senior researchers and research assistants.
Associates are Faculty members who support research led by others and receive NIHR funding as part of their salary. They include the following individuals:
- clinical and clinical support staff
- scientific, laboratory and technical staff
- study facilitators, study practitioners and data managers
- RM&G staff and other CLRN staff.
- Clinical Trial Fellowships
- Fellowship Programme
- HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme for for healthcare professionals (excluding doctors and dentists)
- Infrastructure Training Forum
- Integrated Academic Training Programme
- Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships
- Research Methods Programme
- Research Professorships
The NIHR Clinical Research Network makes it possible for all patients and health professionals across England to participate in relevant clinical trials.
- Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs)
- Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs) for Experimental Medicine
- Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs)
- Dementia Translational Research Collaboration (TRC)
- Diagnostic Evidence Co-operatives (DECs)
- Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMCs)
- Healthcare Technology Co-operatives (HTCs)
- NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI)
- MRC/NIHR Phenome Centre
- National Biosample Centre
- Patient Safety Translational Research Centres (PSTRCs)
- Rare Diseases Translational Research Collaboration (TRC)
- Translational Research Partnerships (TRP)
- Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)
- CRIS: The Clincial Record Interactive Search
- D-CRIS: the Dementia Clinical Record Interactive Search
- Metrics Dashboard
- The NIHR Health Informatics Collaboration (NIHR HIC)
- NIHR Hub
- NIHR Researchfish
- Open Data Platform
- Reference & Terminology Service (RTS)
- The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research
- UK Clincial Trials Gateway