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Partners and industry

A key ingredient in NIHR’s success has been working with partners from across the public sector, charities and industry. We do this both to achieve our aims and to improve the UK research ecosystem, thus playing our part in supporting the UK’s world-leading life sciences sector. 

Our research infrastructure – facilities, networks, expert researchers and technology platforms – helps to underpin the research funded by the life sciences industry, charities and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) that is crucial to improving national health and supporting a strong economy.

By strengthening these diverse partnerships, we ensure that collaboration across the research ecosystem is maximised to the benefit of patients and the public and the UK economy.

We support and deliver life sciences industry research across the innovation pathway, from early translational through to applied health research, giving patients and the public faster access to new diagnostics, therapies and medical devices.

We work with a diverse range of industry sectors, including diagnostics, medical technology and biopharmaceutical, as well as with associated industries such as digital, design and artificial intelligence. We also support small and medium-sized enterprises, enabling them to design and carry out high-quality research to provide evidence of the safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of their innovative interventions. 

Find out how we can help you design, plan, set-up and deliver research in the UK.


We’re committed to partnering with health and social care charities to support high quality research in areas of shared interest.

We actively engage with medical research charities, the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), and a range of non-research funding charities and their trade organisations to accelerate health research and bring benefits to patients faster.

Find out how you can collaborate with us.

We have a strong relationship with the research councils and Innovate UK, now part of UKRI, and with the devolved administrations, collaborating to ensure our research processes are coordinated and that the UK remains an attractive destination for research.

Find out how we work with other funders.

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About Us

We are the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provide the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive. Working in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public, we deliver and enable world-class research that transforms people's lives, promotes economic growth and advances science.

We are primarily funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, but also receive UK Aid funding to support research for people in low- and middle-income countries.

Our Mission

NIHR's mission is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. We deliver against this mission through five strategic workstreams.

Our Governance

The NIHR's work is directed by leaders at Department of Health and Social Care working in partnership with the directors of our six coordinating centres.

Our Contribution to Research

The NIHR is a central part of the UK research landscape, collaborating in national activities to improve research and supporting NHS research performance.