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Making a difference

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The NIHR's mission is to improve the health and wealth of the nation. 
 
Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, we invest over £1 billion a year in research that provides people working in the front lines of the NHS, public health and social care with the evidence they need to better support patients, service users and the public.
Through our 'Adding Value In Research' framework we do everything we can to ensure that our research answers the most pressing questions and that our findings are widely disseminated and usable. We partner with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), whose influential guidelines almost invariably cite our evidence, and also with organisations who are responsible for the adoption and diffusion of innovation such as the  Academic Health Science Networks.
 
We also make an important economic contribution. In 2017-18, our research infrastructure supported more than 4,600 studies with industry and more than 1,700 collaborations and partnerships with small and medium-sized businesses. According to a report by KPMG, clinical research activity supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network in 2014-15 generated £2.4 billion of gross value added and created nearly 40,000 jobs. An updated KPMG report will be published in Autumn 2019.
 
We have research programmes that provide evidence intended to make the health and care system more efficient and therefore sustainable. For example, our Health Services and Delivery Research programme funds research into the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services and the Systematic Reviews programme that supports the production of evidence to help inform the production of clinical guidelines. We also help the health and care system to save money by identifying ineffective practices, and by helping people stay healthy, we also help them stay in work and contributing to the economy.
 
Our work in global health is also starting to demonstrate an impact on health and wealth in low and middle-income countries also.
 
More information about our impact on health and wealth is published in the 2016 RAND report which was commissioned to mark 10 years of the NIHR. This identifies 100 examples of positive change resulting from NIHR's support of research. Our annual reports provide data on our impact as well as examples of key milestones.

About Us

We are the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provide the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive. Working in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public, we deliver and enable world-class research that transforms people's lives, promotes economic growth and advances science.

We are primarily funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, but also receive UK Aid funding to support research for people in low- and middle-income countries.

Our Mission

NIHR's mission is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. We deliver against this mission through five strategic workstreams.

Our Governance

The NIHR's work is directed by leaders at Department of Health and Social Care working in partnership with the directors of our seven coordinating centres.

Our Contribution to Research

The NIHR is a central part of the UK research landscape, collaborating in national activities to improve research and supporting NHS research performance.