Open data platform help, FAQs and resources
A series of short how-to videos have been developed to support the research community to be able to access the NIHR’s Open Data Platform.
What is the NIHR’s Open data Platform (ODP)?
The Central Portfolio Management System is the NIHR’s national database, which contains details of every study that has been supported by the NIHR including the number of participants each study has recruited. The Open Data Platform allows researchers to access this data and understand the research landscape across England and the UK including national and local recruitment trends over time, recruitment hotspots as well as possible new research locations previously unconsidered. Watch our introduction to the NIHR’s ODP to find out more.
What are the benefits of using ODP?
The applications we have developed within ODP allow the research community to gain up-to- date, meaningful insights into research activity. This coupled with data on the incidence and prevalence of disease across the UK also available in ODP can support the better designing of studies. Watch our overview of an application video to find out more about the data available.
Where does the data come from?
The data contained with the NIHR’s Open Data Platform comes from the Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS). CPMS is the NIHR’s national database which contains details of every study that has been supported by the NIHR including the number of participants each study has recruited. The data is refreshed daily, according to the data cut shown on each page.
Who can access the data?
Anyone involved or interested in health and care research can apply to access NIHR’s Open Data Platform. Whether you are an NIHR National Specialty Lead, Local Lead, Chief Investigator or a Researcher, to apply for access please follow the instructions in our How Do I Access video to get started.
I can’t find the data I need, what can I do
I have a question about using ODP that’s not listed
For more advice and help on using ODP please visit our YouTube playlist which has lots of support to get you started and help on searching and selecting data.
I think I have a login but I haven’t used it in a while
If you’ve forgotten your password, please use the password reset button on the login homescreen. For a locked account click on the help button and follow the process via the How do I unlock my account button. There is also help on this page if you need to change an email address or re-verify your account.
I need the data in a different format, what can I do
You can export the data into excel and then modify and manipulate the data as you need. A how to export video will be available soon to help.
Where does the data come from
The data comes from NIHR funded studies via the Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS) and LocalPortfolio Management System (LPMS). The data is refreshed daily, according to the data cut shown on each page.
Is the data accessible
NIHR is committed to making information accessible. The platform's accessibility statement has more information on compliance status and where to feedback on any accessibility issues.