How we are managed
Our work is directed by the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), who is also NIHR's Chief Executive Officer, and by the Director and Senior Management Team of DHSC's Science Research and Evidence (SRE) Directorate.
DHSC contracts directly with a number of NHS trusts, universities and life science organisations that together host our 2 coordinating centres:
These 2 coordinating centres have operational responsibility for the NIHR. DHSC has contract management boards in place to ensure delivery against contractual obligations.
NIHR Centres Executive Board
The NIHR Centres Executive Board shapes and manages initiatives and services for which the Coordinating Centres have joint accountability. It also provides a forum for discussing cross-cutting activities that are led by an individual centre.
The members are:
- Executive Directors of NIHRCC
- CEO of the NIHR Clinical Research Network
- NIHR Director for Public Voice
- NIHR Chief Digital Officer
- NIHR Director of Communications
The NIHR Board provides advice to the DHSC Chief Scientific Adviser and NIHR CEO, and to the Director of SRE. It supports them in discharging their duties in respect of:
- delivering against NIHR’s mission to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research
- establishing NIHR’s strategic direction, currently described in Best Research for Best Health: The Next Chapter
- setting policy including for research funding
- agreeing operational plans and addressing barriers to their delivery
- ensuring that NIHR’s nationally distributed structure is cohesive
- overseeing relationships with key partners and stakeholders
The NIHR Board is designed to provide a balance of policy, scientific and operational perspectives. The members are:
- DHSC Chief Scientific Adviser and NIHR CEO
- Director and 4 Deputy Directors of SRE
- NIHR’s 4 scientific advisers (one of whom is also the Dean of the NIHR Academy)
- NIHR’s 4 operational leaders (the 3 Executive Directors of NIHRCC and the CEO of the NIHR Clinical Research Network)
NIHR Strategy and Engagement Board
The NIHR Strategy and Engagement Board advises on strategic matters and provides a forum for discussing how to deliver against priorities across NIHR’s distributed structure. It informs the work of the NIHR Board.
Members of the Strategy and Engagement Board are expected to play an ambassadorial role, engaging partners and stakeholders in NIHR’s work. They are:
- members of the NIHR Board
- Directors of NIHR Research Programmes
- Editor in Chief of the NIHR Journals Library
- representatives of NIHR Infrastructure and Research Schools
- representatives of NIHR Research Professors and Early Career Researchers
- NIHR functional leaders and guests