Your path in research


Your Path in Research - Add Research to Your Career

Better research leads to better services for the public. That’s why we want to encourage organisations and social care and public health professionals to play an active role in research, as a way to deliver even better services.

From 31 October our Your Path in Research campaign will highlight how people can make research part of their career, starting with a two-week spotlight on Social Care and Public Health. Building on the momentum of the two-week campaign, we will be continuing to promote Your Path in Research from Monday 14 November until the end of the year with a focus on health research careers.


Who is it for?

Over those two weeks our campaign will direct public health and social care workers to the NIHR to find out the opportunities available to them. We will be showcasing what we offer for social workers, care home managers and local authority workers delivering public health and social care.

A strand of the campaign will directly target Senior Public Health decision-makers to explain how NIHR is strengthening a research culture within local government, highlighting what we can offer them as a funder and provider of research evidence.


Calls to Action

  • Sign up for Link and Learn - a match-making service where new researchers can ask questions in a 1-2-1 session with a more experienced researcher - If you're interested in taking part as a mentor, please email to find out more.
  • Add research to your career. Explore NIHR support for career development - Come back to this page on 31 October 2022 to find out how.
  • Join communities of researchers in public health and social care - Sign up to the Schools (Public Health Research and Social Care Research) mailing list, find out more about the NIHR Incubators.
  • Use and share NIHR research findings to inform your work and programmes - Sign-up for Evidence newsletters.


How you can get involved

Show your support on social media

Activity will be taking place across the week on NIHR social media channels - primarily on NIHR Linkedin page. The campaign will also be promoted on Twitter @NIHRResearch and @NIHREvidence. The official hashtag on Twitter is #YourPathInResearch

Share and create your own content

Find and promote inspiring stories of researchers, new or more experienced, that show why research matters to them and to the public they work with. Share them on social media using #YourPathInResearch, and tag NIHR.

Share with us your best examples of collaborating with local authorities, social services and care homes in terms of promoting and delivering research. The Campaigns team can help you develop and share them - email to find out more.

Share our campaign materials

We have posters and leaflets, different designs for different audiences (healthcare, social care and public health). There are already a few designs to choose from, with more to come over the next 2 weeks.



Your Path in Research 2022

Your Path in Research 2022 starts on 31 October and carries on until December. This year, Your Path in Research starts with a two-week spotlight on Social Care and Public Health, taking place between 31 October and 12 November. The main aim of the campaign is to encourage organisations and social care and public health professionals, practitioners and workers to play an active role in research, as a way to deliver better services to the public.

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