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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.

Read about how our work is influencing care, and making a positive difference to people, and the economy.

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Guiding the UK and international response during the Covid-19 pandemic

The NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Modelling and Health Economics played a critical role in providing urgent public health advice to policy makers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Their research contributed to saving tens of thousands of lives in the UK and internationally.

Supporting mental health after flooding

Researchers from three NIHR Health Protection Research Units have found that flooding can have a significant negative impact on the mental health of people whose homes are flooded, as well as those whose lives are disrupted by flooding events. Their research has informed guidance for local authorities, policy makers and public health practitioners on planning for and dealing with the aftermath of a flood.