Research performance

NIHR performance

Annual reports

Our annual reports detail NIHR’s activities and achievements during each financial year,

Over 100 of our major research achievements are featured in the report, organised under each of the NIHR's five core workstreams and our Global Health Research programme. Highlights include: 

Funding, supporting and delivering high-quality research
We awarded over £317 million of funding to 334 research projects, increasing investment into research programmes by £91 million from the previous year.
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Engaging and involving patients, carers and the public
1,015,487 people took part in NIHR-supported health and social
care research studies (an increase of 21.5% from the previous year). A total of 356 members of the public reviewed 953 research funding proposals, and 109 members of the public served on our funding committees and advisory boards.
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Attracting, training and supporting the best researchers
We funded 548 new personal training awards to develop and support the next generation of researchers and leaders, and 3,560 people received NIHR-funded training awards to develop the skills they need to meet the nation’s health and care needs.
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Investing in world-class infrastructure and a skilled delivery workforce
Our research infrastructure supported 21,601 research studies in 18/19. We funded or part-funded over 11,000 front-line research delivery staff working throughout the NHS, including 4,455 research nurses in the NIHR Clinical Research Network delivery workforce.
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Partnering with other public funders, charities and industry
We worked successfully with partners in the UK’s world-leading life sciences sector - our centres and facilities supported 3,689 commercial studies and collaborated on a further 1,149 studies, while our Clinical Research Network supported 1,523 commercial studies.
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Global health
We awarded £39 million to 20 new Global Health Research Groups to address global health challenges affecting people living in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) using Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding.
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The report also supplies financial data on our funding for the year.

View the PDF or web version of our 2018/19 annual report. If you require this in a different format please contact us.

Read the news article about the publication.

NIHR Clinical Research Network Performance

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) provides the infrastructure and funding to support 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 research performance

NIHR Research Activity League Table

Each year, the NIHR Clinical Research Network publishes the NIHR Research Activity League Table. It provides a picture of research activity in all NHS Trusts, Foundation Trusts and GP practices in England. The table data includes how much clinical research is happening, where, in what types of NHS provider, and involving how many patients.

Visit the 2018/19 NIHR Research Activity League Table.

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 and takes place once a quarter.

Find out what data you need to submit 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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