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.
1. Funding research
Funding research to improve the health of patients, the public and overall health and care services
- Research programmes with design and methodological support available to applicants through our Research Design Service
- Research schools in primary care, public health and social care research
- Research units in blood and transplant and health protection
- Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre
2. Translating discoveries
Translating discoveries into breakthrough, practical products, treatments, devices, procedures and interventions for clinicians and other users of research evidence
- Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) and Invention for Innovation (i4i) research programmes
- Clinical research infrastructure from early phase Biomedical Research Centres, through our Diagnostic Evidence and Healthcare Technology Co-operatives to the later phase Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs)
- Appraising research outputs through our Dissemination Centre, Systematic Reviews Programme and emerging health technologies through our Horizon Scanning and Research Intelligence Centre
3. Training researchers and leaders
Training and developing researchers to keep the nation at the forefront of international research
- Training Programmes
- Leadership Programme
- Research Professorships
- Senior Investigators
- Infrastructure Trainees
4. Economic growth
Working with the life sciences industry to help patients gain earlier access to breakthrough treatments and to encourage broader investment in, and economic growth from, health research
- Providing an entry point for the life sciences industry to the NIHR
- Advice on research collaboration through the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI)
- Supporting research in the NHS through our infrastructure including the Clinical Research Network and Study Support Service
5. Research in the NHS
Ensuring the NHS is able to support all research funders, such as the life sciences industry, charities and public funders, to benefit patients, the public and the health and care system
- Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)
- Research delivery in the NHS through our Clinical Research Network (CRN)
- Clinical research facilities and infrastructure in the NHS
- Research information and resources including the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), the Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) and Dementia Clinical Record Interactive Search (D-CRIS) systems, our Health Informatics Collaborative, BioResource, MRC-NIHR Phenome Centre and National BioSample Centre
6. Public involvement and participation
Involving patients and the public across all of our work and enabling patient participation in research
- Providing an entry point for patients and the public to the NIHR
- INVOLVE to connect patients and the public with research
- Participation in clinical trials through the UK Clinical Trials Gateway and Join Dementia Research
- Our Research Design Service to advise researchers on involving patients and the public
- Support for the infrastructure of the James Lind Alliance to oversee the processes for Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs)
We 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 Department of Health and Social Care's Areas of Research Interest are posted under our Research priorities.
We address our vision and mission and embrace all health and care therapeutic areas.
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