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

We invest in supporting research in the NHS - funding people, research centres, units, networks and other facilities - thereby creating 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 generate innovative research to inform health, public health, primary and social care. We also support appraisal of emerging health technologies and advise potential applicants to our research programmes regarding their research design.

Global health Research Programme

Our Global Health Research Programme builds on existing expertise within the UK and the wider global health research community to commission and support internationally outstanding applied health research that addresses issues affecting the poorest and most vulnerable people in low and middle income countries.

DHSC priorities

Funding to support DHSC priorities

We support the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in awarding research funding to meet their priorities and fund research to support their policy research needs and those of arms-length bodies.