For press officers
This information is for press officers writing press releases or planning media activity on research funded or supported by the NIHR. Please contact the comms team in the relevant NIHR coordinating centre if you have any questions about NIHR press releases, or refer to our Contacts page for other enquiries.
- Notifying the NIHR about media activity
- Writing press releases
It is critically important that the NIHR is made aware in advance of any intention to publicise NIHR funded or supported research, including issuing press releases or media statements on research findings. Where researchers or organisations hold a contract with the NIHR, advance notification is a contractual obligation for media activity announcing findings of research funded or supported by the NIHR.
This process allows the NIHR to notify ministers and the policy and media teams at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) about any upcoming media activity. It also gives the NIHR press office team time to prepare for any publicity and, where appropriate and possible, support the activity by, for example, seeking quotes from DHSC or NIHR spokespeople.
The notification process
Media activity that should be notified to the NIHR includes:
- A press release being issued through the researchers’ host or partner institution
- A press release being issued by the journal, funder or partner in the research
- A researcher taking part in interviews for press or broadcast
Best practice is to give the NIHR at least 28 days’ notice of an intention to issue a press release or plan any media activity.
Please get in touch with the relevant NIHR coordinating centre as soon as you and the research team have decided to issue a press release or prepare for media activity. Please supply a copy of the research paper/report, where appropriate.
Once the press release or media materials have been prepared, please send a draft to the relevant coordinating centre 14 days before the planned issue date. The coordinating centre will review the press release and share it with the relevant staff at the NIHR and DHSC. All embargoes and confidentiality requirements will be respected by the NIHR and DHSC.
Acknowledge the NIHR
Press releases must acknowledge NIHR funding or support for the research by naming the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), ideally in the first or second paragraph of the body of the press release.
NIHR funded: If the research has been directly funded by an NIHR research programme, such as the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme, or a research school, unit or group, the press release should state that the research has been funded by the NIHR.
- Researchers funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
- Research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
- Researchers at the University of Bristol funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
NIHR supported: If the research is from part of the NIHR infrastructure, such as an NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, or researchers have worked with an NIHR Local Clinical Research Network, the press release should state that the research has been supported by the NIHR or made possible by the NIHR.
- The research, supported by the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre...
- The study, published in Nature Genetics and made possible by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), also reports...
We encourage you to use the following descriptor with the NIHR acknowledgement:
- ...the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the nation's largest funder of health and care research.
Add our boilerplate
Please include the following NIHR boilerplate in the notes to editors:
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation's largest funder of health and care research. The NIHR:
- Funds, supports and delivers high quality research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care
- Engages and involves patients, carers and the public in order to improve the reach, quality and impact of research
- Attracts, trains and supports the best researchers to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future
- Invests in world-class infrastructure and a skilled delivery workforce to translate discoveries into improved treatments and services
- Partners with other public funders, charities and industry to maximise the value of research to patients and the economy
The NIHR was established in 2006 to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research, and is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. In addition to its national role, the NIHR supports applied health research for the direct and primary benefit of people in low- and middle-income countries, using UK aid from the UK government.
You may also wish to include in the notes to editors additional information about the specific programme, training scheme, network or part of the NIHR that the press release relates to.
Acknowledge the role of patient data
The NIHR recognises and values the role of patient data, both in underpinning and leading to improvements in research and care.
Examples of types of patient data used in research include:
- GP records
- Clinical audits, for example the National Diabetes Audit
- Disease registers, such as the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service
- Hospital Episode Statistics
- Diagnostic imaging datasets
- Prescribing databases
- Patient surveys, for example Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)
- Information collected during clinical trials and cohort studies
- Data in large patient cohorts, such as the NIHR BioResource and the UK Biobank
We ask researchers who use patient data to acknowledge it by incorporating a data citation, developed by use MY data, in publications and stories that would not have been possible without access to this data. This expectation also extends to press releases on such research. Visit the NIHR website for more information about our commitment to valuing the role of patient data.
Please use the following patient data citation after the NIHR boilerplate in your press releases:
This work uses data provided by patients and collected by the NHS as part of their care and support and would not have been possible without access to this data. The NIHR recognises and values the role of patient data, securely accessed and stored, both in underpinning and leading to improvements in research and care. www.nihr.ac.uk/patientdata
Please use this citation in all press releases, unless you feel that the research does not use patient data in any form.
Use of the NIHR logo
The NIHR logotype should not be used in press releases issued by a researcher, research team, or private company. Such press releases should use the researchers’ host institution’s logotype.
The NIHR logotype must not be used by the institutions when announcing:
- research findings by NIHR infrastructure or from NIHR programmes
- NIHR training or fellowship contracts
- the receipt of an NIHR funding award
- the receipt of infrastructure contracts.
A press release should include the NIHR logotype positioned in the top left-hand corner when issued by:
- The NIHR’s Press Office
- An NIHR Coordinating Centre
- The NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure
- The NIHR Research Design Service
- NIHR Research Schools