Developing the research leaders of the future

The NIHR is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a highly skilled health and care research workforce, a prerequisite for the nation’s capability to undertake and attract world-class health research.

NIHR Training and Development

NIHR Members are a key part of the national, globally unique, health research system that is the NIHR. In addition to the awards themselves, the NIHR also provides a range of leadership and mentoring programmes to complement its training programmes, regular networking opportunities, bespoke workshops and events and personal advice and guidance on funding opportunities.

Developing the next generation of research leaders

Approximately 5,000 trainees are supported by NIHR research training awards or based within the NIHR’s infrastructure in the NHS. NIHR trainees range from Masters Studentships through to Professorships. Some NIHR trainees also work closely with industry, developing a cadre of research leaders with combined academic, NHS and industry insight and experiences.

Building capacity in the NHS

The NIHR’s Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs), Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs), Patient Safety Translational Research Centres and the School for Primary Care Research are at the heart of delivering research capacity in the NIHR’s infrastructure in the NHS. Each organisation has a named Training Lead who work together to ensure that individuals receiving training in the NIHR infrastructure are prepared for a longer-term research career, and complete their training with more than just an academic qualification.

The NIHR is committed to promoting the benefits of a research-active workforce within the NHS and works with advocates from across a range of healthcare professions and produces literature and web-based content to spread this message.

Meeting the needs of patients and the public

NIHR research training and career development programmes focus the talents of its trainees on health and social care research that meets the current and future needs of patients and the public, as well as developing and sustaining training routes for research skills to support the development of future leaders across all professions and disciplines.

All NIHR Members must demonstrate that their research projects have clear potential for benefitting patients within five years of completion and the NIHR expects the active involvement of members of the public in the research that it funds.


Support and resources for NIHR trainees

Support for trainees in the infrastructure

Trainee information pack for awards managed by NIHR Academy