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NIHR Non-commercial Partner List




The Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support (January 2018) effective from 1 January 2018, sets out the criteria governing the eligibility of studies for National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) support. It therefore relates only to England. Studies that are automatically eligible for consideration for NIHR CRN support are studies that are funded by the NIHR, other areas of central Government, and NIHR non-commercial Partners.

The purpose of this document is to provide a list of non-commercial funding organisations that meet the NIHR Partner criteria below. This reference guide is intended to enable researchers and other users to easily identify NIHR non-commercial Partners and is updated every two weeks by the NIHR CRN.

This document does not constitute an exhaustive list of all funders that manage automatically eligible funding streams. It is exclusively a list of NIHR non-commercial Partners (generally, charitable organisations) who manage automatically eligible funding streams. The NIHR and other areas of central Government, including Non-Departmental Public Bodies, do not appear in this list.

NIHR Partner Criteria

As set out in the Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support (January 2018) effective from 1 January 2018, NIHR non-commercial Partners are those organisations that:

  • Award research funds as a result of open competition across England with high quality peer review; and
  • Fund research that is of clear value to the NHS, social care or public health; and
  • Take appropriate account of the priorities, needs and realities of the NHS, social care or public health in making decisions about the research that they fund.

NIHR non-commercial Partner status is confirmed via a self-declaration process. Non-commercial organisations are required to sign a self-declaration that they meet the NIHR non-commercial Partner criteria and to confirm the funding streams that are applicable. Further information on self-declaration as an NIHR non-commercial Partner is available on the NIHR website.

It is important to note that:

  • NIHR non-commercial Partners that operate multiple funding streams must self-declare against the NIHR Partner criteria with respect to all of the existing funding streams they administer. NIHR non-commercial Partners that operate a mixture of funding streams, some of which are eligible and some of which are not (or operate funding streams that are not intended to provide funds for research purposes), are denoted with an asterisk (*) in the table provided in section 3. You are advised to contact a member of the Eligibility Team at the NIHR CRN (via for further information on the eligibility of these NIHR non-commercial Partners’ funding streams.

  • All studies supported by an NIHR non-commercial Partner are still required to meet all other NIHR Clinical Research Network Eligibility Criteria before being considered automatically eligible for consideration for NIHR CRN support.

  • The research funders denoted by (‡) in the table provided in section 3 have “self declared” that at least one funding stream they administer meets the NIHR non-commercial Partner criteria as stated in the Department of Health policy document Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support (January 2018). The NIHR Clinical Research Network has included these organisations in good faith.

Current list of NIHR non-commercial Partners

 A-ZFunder NameAMRC
A Abbeyfield Society and the Abbeyfield Research Foundation ‡ Y
  Academy of Medical Sciences ‡ * N
  Action Bladder Cancer UK ‡ N
  Action for A-T ‡ * Y
  Action for M.E. ‡ N
  Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis ‡ N
  Action Medical Research ‡ Y
  Aerosol Society, The ‡ * N
  Age Anaesthesia Association ‡ N
  Alcohol Research UK ‡ Y
  Alkaptonuria Society, The ‡ N
  Alopecia UK ‡ Y
  Alzheimers Brain Bank UK ‡ N
  Alzheimer's Research UK ‡ Y
  Alzheimer's Society ‡ Y
  Anaphylaxis Campaign ‡ N
  Anatomical Society ‡ N
  Antibiotic Research UK - Developing New Antibiotics ‡ * Y
  AOUK ‡ N
  Association for International Cancer Research (AICR) Y
  Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders (AMEND) ‡ N
  Association for the Study of Medical Education ‡ N
  Association for the Study of Obesity ‡ * N
  Association of Breast Surgery ‡ N
  Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) ‡ * N
  Association of British Neurologists ‡ N
  Association of Stoma Care Nurses (ASCN)‡ N
  Asthma UK ‡ Y
  Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership ‡ * Y
  Ataxia UK Y
  Autistica ‡ * Y
B Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, The N
  BASO ~ The Association for Cancer Surgery ‡ * N
  Best Beginnings ‡ N
  Big Lottery Fund * N
  Bliss ‡ Y
  Bloodwise (Blood Cancer UK) ‡ * Y
  Bone Cancer Research Trust * Y
  Borne Foundation ‡ * Y
  Bowel and Cancer Research ‡ Y
  Bowel Cancer UK ‡ Y
  Bowel Disease Research Foundation (BDRF) Y
  Brain Research Trust (Brain Research UK) ‡ Y
  Brain Tumour Charity, The ‡ * Y
  Brain Tumour Research ‡ * Y
  Brain Tumour Research Campaign ‡ * N
  Breast Cancer Now ‡ Y
  Breast Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) ‡ N
  British Academy (For the Promotion of Historical Philosophical and Philological Studies), The ‡ N
  British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) N
  British Acupuncture Council ‡ N
  British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons ‡ N
  British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) ‡ N
  British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy Research Foundation (BACP Research Foundation) ‡ * N
  British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) ‡ * N
  British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) ‡ N
  British Association of Hand Therapists ‡ N
  British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) ‡ * N
  British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) N
  British Association of Sport & Exercise Medicine (BASEM)‡ N
  British Cardiac Research Trust (BCRT) ‡ N
  British Council for Prevention of Blindness ‡ * Y
  British Dental Association Trust Fund, The ‡ N
  British Dietetic Association General and Education Trust Fund (also known as the British Dietetic Association (the BDA) ‡ N
  British Elbow & Shoulder Society (BESS) ‡ N
  British Endodontic Society, The ‡ N
  British Geriatrics Society, The ‡ N
  British Gynaecological Cancer Society ‡ * N
  British Heart Foundation (BHF) ‡ * Y
  British Hernia Society, The ‡ N
  British Hip Society N
  British HIV Association (BHIVA) ‡ N
  British Infection Association (BIA) * N
  British Isles Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Association (BIPOSA) ‡ N
  British Liver Trust N
  British Lymphology Society ‡ N
  British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS) ‡ N
  British Medical Association Scholarship Trust Fund (also known as the BMA Foundation for Medical Research) ‡ N
  British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS) ‡ N
  British Orthodontic Society Foundation (BOSF) * N
  British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) N
  British Paediatric Allergy, Immunity and Infection Group (BPAIIG) ‡ N
  British Paediatric Neurology Association (also known as Child Brain Research)‡ N
  British Paediatric Surveillance Unit (BPSU) ‡ N
  British Pain Society ‡ Y
  British Renal Society, The (BRS) N
  British Rhinological Society ‡ N
  British Scoliosis Research Foundation (BSRF) * Y
  British Sjögren's Syndrome Association Y
  British Skin Foundation, The Y
  British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) N
  British Society for Children's Orthopaedic Surgery ‡ * N
  British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology ‡ N
  British Society for Disability and Oral Health ‡ N
  British Society for Haematology, The ‡ * N
  British Society for Heart Failure ‡ N
  British Society for Neuroendocrinology ‡ N
  British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) ‡ * N
  British Society for Surgery of the Hand ‡ N
  British Society for the Study of Vulval Diseases ‡ * N
  British Society of Breast Radiology (BSBR) ‡ N
  British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) N
  British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology And Nutrition ‡ * N
  British Society of Periodontology ‡ * N
  British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine ‡ * N
  British Society of Skeletal Radiologists ‡ N
  British Thyroid Foundation N
  British Tinnitus Association (BTA) ‡ N
  Brittle Bone Society, The ‡ Y
  Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust ‡ N
C Cancer Research UK ‡ * Y
  Castang Foundation N
  Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse (in collaboration with Barnardo’s) ‡ N
  Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) / Physiotherapy Research Foundation ‡ * Y
  Childhood Eye Cancer Trust ‡ Y
  Children with Cancer UK ‡ Y
  Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, The ‡ Y
  Children's Liver Disease Foundation Y
  Christopher’s Smile ‡ N
  Chronic Disease Research Foundation ‡ * Y
  Cicely Saunders International ‡ N
  Circulation Foundation (The Vascular Society) ‡ * N
  Claire Wand Fund ‡ N
  Clinical Endocrinology Trust, The ‡ * N
  Cobalt Health ‡ * N
  Coeliac UK ‡ Y
  College of Emergency Medicine, The * N
  College of Optometrists, The ‡ * N
  College of Paramedics ‡ N
  Colt Foundation, The * N
  Crohn's and Colitis UK * Y
  Crohn's in Childhood Research Association (CICRA) Y
  Cure Crohn’s Colitis ‡ N
  Cure Leukaemia ‡ * N
  Cure Parkinson's Trust, The Y
  Cystic Fibrosis Trust ‡ Y
D Daphne Jackson Trust, The ‡  N
  DEBRA UK ‡ * Y
  Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF) Y
  Diabetes UK ‡ Y
  Difficult Airway Society ‡ N
  Dimbleby Cancer Care N
  DISCS (Diagnostic Investigation of Spinal Conditions and Sciatica) N
  Duchenne Now ‡ N
  Duchenne Research Fund, The ‡ N
  Duchenne UK ‡ * Y
  Dunhill Medical Trust, The Y
  Dystonia Society ‡ N
E Elimination of Leukaemia Fund (ELF) ‡ * N
  Epilepsy Action (British Epilepsy Association) Y
  Epilepsy Research UK Y
  European Society of Coloproctology ‡ N
  ENT UK ‡ N
F Fetal Medicine Foundation ‡ * N
  Fight Bladder Cancer ‡ N
  Fight for Sight (British Eye Research Foundation) ‡ * Y
  Florence Nightingale Foundation, The ‡ * N
  Forces in Mind Trust ‡ N
  forCrohns ‡ N
  Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND) ‡ N
  Freya Foundation, The ‡ N
G GambleAware ‡ * N
  Gas Safety Trust, The ‡ * N
  Gauchers Association, The ‡ N
  Gawthorn Cardiac Trust ‡ * N
  General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust, The ‡ N
  Genetic Disorders UK (also known as Primary Immunodeficiency UK / PID UK) ‡ * N
  Get A Head Charitable Trust ‡ N
  Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity Research Fund ‡ * Y
  Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity ‡ * Y
  Guarantors of Brain, The ‡* N
  Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, The N
  Guillain-Barré Syndrome Support Group UK ‡ N
  GUTS Fighting Bowel Cancer ‡ * N
  Guts UK (formerly Core - The Digestive Disorders Foundation) ‡ Y
  Gynae-Oncology Research and Clinical Excellence (GRACE) ‡ * N
H Haemophilia Nurses Association (administered by Haemnet) ‡ N
  The Scar Free Foundation, The ‡ * Y
  Health Foundation, The ‡ * N
  Healthcare Infection Society ‡ N
  Heart Research UK Y
  Histiocytosis UK ‡ N
  Hospice UK ‡ * N
  Howard Foundation, The ‡ N
  Hughes Syndrome Foundation ‡ N
  Hull and District Diabetes Support Group ‡ N
  Huntington's Disease Association ‡ N
I Infection Prevention Society (IPS) N
  INSPIRE Foundation, The Y
  Institute of Maxillofacial Prosthetists and Technologists, The ‡ N
  Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) ‡ N
  Intensive Care Foundation, The (c/o Intensive Care Society, The) ‡ N
  International Glaucoma Association ‡ N
  ITP Support Association * N
 J John Charnley Trust, The ‡ * N
  June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund ‡ N
K Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund, The * N
  Kidney Cancer UK ‡ * N
  Kidney Research UK (KRUK) * Y
  Kidscan ‡ * N
  King's Fund, The N
L Legal Education Foundation, The  ‡ N
  Leuka ‡ Y
  Leverhulme Trust, The ‡ * N
  LifeArc ‡ N
  Lily Foundation, The ‡ N
  Lowe Syndrome Trust, The N
  Lullaby Trust, The ‡ * Y
  Lung Cancer Nursing UK ‡ N
  Lupus UK ‡ * N
M Macmillan Cancer Support ‡ Y
  Macular Society Y
  Marie Curie Cancer Care ‡ Y
  Mason Medical Research Trust N
  McPin Foundation, The N
  ME Research UK N
  Medical Detection Dogs ‡ N
  Medical Research Foundation ‡ * Y
  Medlock Charitable Trust ‡ N
  Meniere’s Society, The ‡ * N
  Meningitis Now (formerly Meningitis UK) Y
  Meningitis Research Foundation Y
  Mental Health Research UK ‡ * N
  Mesothelioma UK (Mesothelioma UK Charitable Incorporated Organisation) ‡ N
  Midlands Gastroenterological Society ‡ N
  Migraine Trust, The ‡ Y
  Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) ‡ Y
  Movember Foundation ‡ N
  MND Scotland ‡ * Y
  MPN Voice ‡ * N
  MQ: Transforming Mental Health ‡ * Y
  M. S. Research Treatment and Education Limited ‡ * N
  Multiple Sclerosis Society (of Great Britain & Northern Ireland) (MS Society) ‡ * Y
  Multiple Sclerosis Trust N
  Multiple System Atrophy Trust ‡ * Y
  Muscular Dystrophy UK ‡ Y
  Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) ‡ N
  Music Therapy Charity, The ‡ N
  Myaware ‡ N
  Myeloma UK Y
N National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society, The ‡ * N
  National Back Pain Association (BackCare) N
  National Eye Research Centre (NERC) * Y
  National HIV Nurses Association ‡ N
  National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) ‡ * N
  National Osteoporosis Society Y
  Neuroblastoma UK Y
  Neuroendocrine Cancer UK ‡ N
  Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children * N
  North West Cancer Research (incorporating Clatterbridge Cancer Research) ‡ * Y
  Novo Nordisk UK Research Foundation, The Y
  Nuffield Foundation, The * N
  Nystagmus Network ‡ * N
O Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association (OAA) N
  Oracle Cancer Trust Y
  Oral and Dental Research Trust, The ‡ N
  Orthopaedic Research UK Y
  Otorhinolaryngology & Allied Sciences Research Society (BOARS) N
  Ovarian Cancer Action ‡ Y
P Paediatric Intensive Care Society (PICS) ‡ N
  Paget's Association (National Association for the Relief of Paget's Disease) * N
  Pain Relief Foundation, The ‡ N
  Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Y
  Pancreatic Cancer Action ‡ Y
  Pancreatic Cancer UK Y
  Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland ‡ * N
  Parkinson's UK (Parkinson's Disease Society of the United Kingdom) ‡ * Y
  Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland, The ‡ N
  Pelican Cancer Foundation, The Y
  Pharmacy Research UK ‡ * Y
  Platelet Society, The ‡ N
  PMR-GCA UK North East Region Support‡ N
  Polycystic Kidney Disease Charity (PKD) ‡ * N
  Preoperative Association, The ‡ N
  Prevent Breast Cancer ‡ * N
  Private Physiotherapy Education Foundation, The ‡ * N
  Prostate Cancer UK ‡ Y
  PSC Support ‡ N
  Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance, The (PAPAA) N
  Psoriasis Association, The ‡ Y
  PSP Association, The ‡ * Y
  Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK ‡ * N
  Purine Metabolic Patients' Association ‡ * N
R Radiological Research Trust ‡ * N
  RCN Foundation, The * N
  Regional Anaesthesia – UK ‡ * N
  Remedi N
  Research Autism N
  Research into Ageing (Age UK) ‡ N
  Retina UK Y
  Resuscitation Council (United Kingdom), The N
  Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity ‡ * N
  Rosetrees Trust (The Teresa Rosenbaum Golden Charitable Trust) ‡ * Y
  Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, The ‡ N
  Royal College of Chiropractors, The N
  Royal College of General Practitioners, The N
  Royal College of Emergency Medicine, The ‡ N
  Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) ‡ * N
  Royal College of Ophthalmologists, The * N
  Royal College of Pathologists, The * N
  Royal College of Physicians, The N
  Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, The N
  Royal College of Psychiatrists ‡ N
  Royal College of Radiologists, The ‡ N
  Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, The N
  Royal College of Surgeons of England, The ‡ * Y
  Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 ‡ * N
  Royal National Institute for Deaf People (Action on Hearing Loss) ‡ Y
  Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, The ‡ N
S Sarcoma UK ‡ Y
  Scleroderma & Raynaud's UK ‡ * Y
  Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust * Y
  Skin Cancer Research Fund ‡ N
  Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) ‡ N
  Society for Computing and Technology in Anaesthesia ‡ N
  Society for Endocrinology, The ‡ * Y
  Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases, The ‡ N
  Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry, The (SAAD) ‡ * N
  Society for the Study of Addiction ‡ N
  Society for Vascular Technology of Great Britain and Ireland ‡ * N
  Solving Kids’ Cancer Europe ‡ * Y
  SPARKS Charity ‡ * Y
  Spinal Research (International Spinal Research Trust) Y
  Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Society (Sands) ‡ * Y
  Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research Y
  Stroke Association ‡ Y
  Stuart Strange Vasculitis Trust (The UK Vasculitis Trust) ‡ N
  Sue Harris Bone Marrow Trust, The N
T Target Ovarian Cancer ‡ Y
  Thalidomide Trust, The ‡ * N
  Thyroid Cancer Support Group Wales ‡ N
  Tommy's ‡ Y
  Tourettes Action (Tourette Syndrome (UK) Association) ‡ Y
  Tuberous Sclerosis Association ‡ Y
U UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) ‡ N
  UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network (DCTN) ‡ * N
  UK Occupational Therapy Research Foundation (UKOTRF) (College of Occupational Therapists Limited) ‡ * N
  UK Respiratory Research Foundation (UKRRF) N
  UK Stem Cell Foundation (UKSCF) ‡ N
  United Kingdom Continence Society ‡ N
  Urology Foundation, The ‡ * Y
V Vascular Anaesthesia Society of Great Britain and Ireland (VASGBI) ‡ N
  Versus Arthritis (formerly Arthritis Research UK) ‡ Y
W Waterloo Foundation, The ‡ * N
  Wellbeing of Women Y
  WellChild * N
  Wellcome Trust ‡ * Y
  World Cancer Research Fund Y
Y Yorkshire Cancer Research ‡ * Y


The research funders on this list denoted by (‡) have “self-declared” at least one funding stream they administer meets the NIHR non-commercial Partner criteria as stated in the Department of Health policy document Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support (January 2018). The NIHR Clinical Research Network has included these organisations in good faith.