About the NIHR Academy

The NIHR Academy is responsible for development and coordination of NIHR academic training, career development and research capacity development.

The NIHR Academy plays a pivotal role in attracting, training and supporting the best health and care researchers to tackle the complex challenges of the future and complements the additional NIHR investment in world-class research facilities and a skilled research workforce.

The purpose of the NIHR Academy is to develop a highly-skilled academic research workforce capable of advancing the best research which improves health, and benefits society and the economy.

To achieve this we encourage, recognise and reward:

  • collaborative, multi-professional approaches to research
  • the embracing of innovation and new opportunities and technologies
  • active involvement and engagement of patients, carers and the public
  • respect for the diversity of methodological and theoretical practices
  • personal and professional development and the support of colleagues

There are a large range of awards available at different levels and to suit different work arrangements, types of NHS staff and career paths. If you are interested in applying, take a look at the information for prospective applicants.


Training Programmes

The programmes comprise:

Personal Awards, a range of personal career development awards for all professions

Integrated Pathways, academic career pathways for clinical professions, including doctors, nurses, and Allied Health Professionals

Infrastructure and Capacity Building structures, academic career support for those based in NIHR Infrastructure and capacity building initiatives in areas of need

We also provide ongoing training and support to members including:


The NIHR Academy Executive

The NIHR Academy Executive manages the NIHR Academy on behalf of the DHSC and is responsible for development and coordination of NIHR academic training and research capacity development. The NIHR Academy is led by the Dean for the NIHR Academy, Professor Dave Jones and the CEO, Dr Lisa Cotterill.

The NIHR Academy Executive is hosted by Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) and is based in Leeds.


Contact us:

NIHR Academy is based in Leeds at the following address:

21 Queen Street

Tel: 0113 532 8444

Email: academy@nihr.ac.uk