The NIHR plays a key role in investing in the research fabric of the nation to support research in health, public health and social care.


We make this investment by funding NHS and research active organisations to provide research infrastructure or support, such as through our Biomedical Research Centres or Clinical Trials Units, or to address other NIHR priorities such as through our Research Schools, Research Design Service and Research Units with partner academic institutions.


On these pages you can find out more about how we support research and how to apply for any funding opportunities.


Support NHS research

Each year, the NIHR is responsible for more than £0.5 billion of investment in the NHS - the people, research centres, units, networks and other facilities - that represent the most integrated health research system in the world. Through this investment in infrastructure, the NHS conducts world-class clinical research at all points in the development pipeline. 

Manage my study

Our research schools and units and specialist funding calls also generate innovative research to inform health, public health, primary and social care. We also need the input of research active organisations in appraising emerging health technologies, in advising potential applicants to our research programmes regarding their research design and in meeting the longer-term policy research needs of the Department of Health & Social Care and its Arms Length Bodies.

Global health Research Programme

In 2016 the NIHR invited UK-based universities and research institutes to submit applications to deliver applied global health research. £60 million was available for successful universities and research institutes looking to expand their existing global health work or for new entrants to the field.