Our structure

The NIHR is 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 Department of Health and Social Care's Areas of Research Interest are posted under our Research priorities

We address our mission and embrace all health and care therapeutic areas.

You can also look up NIHR in your area by postcode or specialty.



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  • Research
    • Research Programmes
    • Research Schools
  • Systems
    • Research Information
    • Faster Easier Clinical Research
  • Faculty
    • Senior Investigators
    • Investigators
    • Associates
    • Trainees
  • Infrastructure
    • Clinical Research Network
    • Clinical Research Facilities, Centres and Units

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.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network makes it possible for all patients and health professionals across England to participate in relevant clinical trials.