Research performance

NIHR performance

Annual reports

Front cover of 19/20 NIHR Annual Report
Our annual reports detail NIHR’s activities and achievements during each financial year. 

In our latest annual report you can read how NIHR continues to fund and support a variety of projects to address health and care challenges affecting people living in low and middle income countries using Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding. Find out more in our news article announcing the launch of the annual report.

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Funding, supporting and delivering high-quality research

We awarded over £250 million of funding to 310 new projects. Our first-ever dedicated social-care funding call awarded £2.5 million to 12 new projects focused on adult social care.

Investing in world-class infrastructure and a skilled delivery workforce

We announced a £135 million investment in 15 new NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs), to tackle the biggest challenges faced by the health and care system over the next five years.

Attracting, training and supporting the best researchers

We funded 525 new personal training awards to develop and support the next generation of researchers and leaders. More than 2,300 people were supported by NIHR-funded training awards to develop the skills they need to meet the nation’s health and care needs.

Partnering with other public funders, charities and industry

Working successfully with partners in the UK’s world-leading life sciences sector, our Clinical Research Network supported 1,580 industry and commercial studies and 1,738 charity funded studies.

Funding global health research and training in low and middle income countries

By continuing to build partnerships and collaborations in the UK and around the world, NIHR funds and supports a variety of global health research projects. These aim to address the health and care challenges affecting people living in low and middle income countries using Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Engaging and involving patients, carers and the public

More than 732,000 participants were recruited by the NIHR Clinical Research Network into health and social care studies. 398 members of the public reviewed 841 funding proposals, and 124 members of the public served on our funding committees and advisory boards.

 The report also supplies financial data on our funding for the year.

If you require the report in a different format, please contact us.

NIHR Clinical Research Network performance

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) provides the infrastructure and funding to support delivery of high quality clinical research.

The CRN performance page provides information about the effectiveness of the network in improving research delivery and supporting researchers in meeting their targets, as well as reporting against objectives such as increasing the number of CRN-supported studies and number of research participants.

Find out more about the performance of the NIHR Clinical Research Network.

NHS performance in initiating and delivering research

The NIHR measures the performance of all providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering research, on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care. The government uses this information to ensure that clinical research in England is conducted efficiently and effectively.

The NIHR collects data from all providers of NHS services in England that undertake clinical research, including trusts that undertake NIHR-funded research and those that deliver studies on the CRN portfolio. This is known as the Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research (PID) exercise.

Find out what data is submitted to the PID exercise and how.

We analyse these data to understand how quickly providers of NHS services are recruiting patients to clinical trials and how they are performing against their contractual requirements.

We publish comparison tables showing the performance of all organisations that submit to the PID exercise and trend analyses showing performance across the country as a whole.

These data allow organisations to compare their performance against that of other providers in their region and seek improvements, to increase the number of patients having the opportunity to participate in research and to enhance the nation’s attractiveness as a host for research.

View our data on performance in initiating and delivering research.

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