NIHR Leaders Support and Development Programme

NIHR Leadership Programme Contract Procurement

Leeds Teaching Hospital has, on behalf of NIHR Academy, commenced the procurement of a new contract for a three year period from 2019-2021.

Suitably qualified and experienced providers/provider partnerships are invited to provide proposals for the provision of a development and support programme for the National Institute for Health Research to improve the quality of health research leadership.

The programme should offer an innovative and blended approach to learning and be focused on developing leadership capabilities needed to meet current and future challenges in the health and social care landscape.

The programme should be geographically accessible for participants, and complement other leadership development programmes currently offered within the NHS system and by higher education institutions.

The procurement process is being led by Leeds Teaching Hospitals however the NIHR Academy will be involved in the evaluation process and will be a named entity within the resultant contracts. The procurement documents are published on the Due North e-tender portal


NIHR Leaders Support and Development Programme 

The NIHR Leaders Support and Development Programme seeks  to maintain and improve the quality of leadership in health and social care research by meeting the development needs of emerging leaders and early to mid-career researchers within the NIHR. The programme embodies in its design, structure, and approach the NIHR’s commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Collectively the NIHR’s senior leaders are responsible for a budget that totals approximately £1 billion per year.  Individuals in these senior positions are required to lead across organisations, motivate large teams of people, manage major large budgets, and deliver sophisticated outcomes.

The programme aims to equip these leaders with formal training and development in leadership and management.  

The new NIHR Leadership Programme will have a  fresh, tailored and innovative design  that will focus on leadership and management that contributes to the strategic priorities of NIHR.

By doing this, the programme will benefit NIHR leaders by helping them manage leading-edge scientific research, patients and the public by driving faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the public, and the NHS by creating the best possible conditions for inward investment by the life-sciences sector.

The new programme will have a number of elements:

  • A Future-focused leadership and management programme for NIHR Leaders and NIHR Emerging Leaders
  • A suite of modular resources for leadership and management development
  • A programme to support strategic initiatives within NIHR

The NIHR expects that a new programme will commence in Spring 2019. Further information will be provided on the website and dates and eligibility criteria for the 2019 programme will be published thereafter.

If you have any queries, please contact the NIHR Academy on 0113 532 8444.


For Further Information

Call: 0113 532 8410