Life Sciences Industry

The NIHR proactively supports the life sciences industry to develop new treatments, diagnostics and medical technologies at both early and late phases. The Life Sciences Industry section of our website outlines the services, expertise, facilities and resources that are available to help companies bring their research and development programmes to the UK and successfully deliver clinical trials and studies in NHS.


The NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) provides a valuable resource for the global life sciences industry during early phase.

Visit the NOCRI section of this website to find out more.


Get Involved

We oversee research that deals with the investigation, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of all cardiovascular diseases. This means that we support a wide range of research studies such as those involving heart failure, blood pressure, heart defects from birth, heart muscle disease and surgery.

NIHR Facilities

How to access support

Find out how to apply for Clinical Research Network support and how your study can benefit from our Study Support Service.

Find you Local Clinical Research Network

The Local Clinical Research Network (LCRN) teams can provide researchers and clinicians with practical guidance and support for successfully running studies in local areas. Please visit the NIHR in your area homepage to find your LCRN.

What else do we offer?

For more information on local opportunities contact your Local Clinical Research Network to get involved in their work, or in research studies that are running locally.

Information for Patients, Carers and the Public

Patients are at the centre of our work. As a patient, carer or as a member of the public you can get involved by taking part in research, or by helping to shape research. There are several ways you can do this. 

Taking part in research

If you are interested in participating in research you can:

  • Ask your healthcare professional about research that you may be eligible for
  • Visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway website which provides easy to understand information about clinical research trials running in the UK and gives access to a large range of information about these trials. It is designed to enable you and your clinician to locate and contact trials of interest to you.
  • To find out more about current cardiovascular disease studies, you can view a list of active studies on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio.

To find out more please visit the NIHR Patients and the public page.

Patient and public involvement in research

If you are interested in becoming involved in research visit the NIHR Patients and the public page to find out more.

National Cardiovascular Clinical Specialty Leads

Each of our 15 Local Clinical Research Networks has at least one nominated local Clinical Specialty Research Lead for cardiovascular disease studies. These clinicians lead research groups to promote and support cardiovascular disease research within the NHS trusts in their area.

At a national level the local leads come together to manage the national cardiovascular disease research portfolio. This involves regularly reviewing the progress of studies, identifying barriers to recruitment, and coming up with solutions and strategies to help overcome those barriers. Our National Specialty Group of clinical experts offer advice and support to commercial and non-commercial customers looking to conduct research in the NHS.

Meet our National Specialty Group Members

Collaboration with the Devolved Nations

Clinical research is being undertaken across the United Kingdom. We continue to work closely with the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish clinical research networks to support the design and delivery of high quality research.