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Explore NIHR

We are the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provide the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive. We provide funding for research studies as well as academic training, career development and research capability development. We can support you at every stage of your research journey. 

We fund applied health and care research on both commissioned and researcher-identified topic areas through our funding programmes. Find out about the scope and eligibility requirements for each programme and how to apply: 

We also offer funding to support Clinical Trials Units.

We run regular themed funding calls, which are funding opportunities focusing on a particular research area in which most NIHR funding programmes participate. Find out more about themed calls:

We offer academic training, career development and research capacity development for health and care researchers through the NIHR Academy.  Find out about NIHR Academy funding programmes and how to apply:

We fund research for the direct and primary benefit of people in low and middle income countries and support future leaders in applied global health research through our Global Health Research Portfolio. Find out about our global health funding programmes:

We provide researchers with the practical support they need to make clinical studies happen in both the NHS and the wider health and social care environment.

We support research being delivered through thirty specialty therapy areas. Each specialty is made up of expert clinical leaders and practitioners who work at both national and local levels to ensure that studies are delivered successfully and to promote awareness of research opportunities for participants to take part in. The specialty groups also support the dialogue between the life sciences industry and charities to ensure the pipeline of research studies and to facilitate the involvement of participants to make research more effective. Find out more:

The NIHR offers a wide range of support for researchers and to enable health and care research in England. Find out about our research support:

We run dedicated campaigns each year. Find out how you can get involved or support us on these campaigns: