Become an NIHR non-commercial partner

What is an NIHR Non-Commercial Partner?

NIHR Non-Commercial Partners are organisations that:

  • award research funds as a result of open competition across England with high quality peer review;
  • fund research that is of clear value to the NHS, social care or public health; and
  • take appropriate account of the priorities, needs and realities of the NHS, social care or public health in making decisions about the research that they fund.

What are the benefits of becoming an NIHR Non-Commercial Partner?

Being an NIHR Non-Commercial Partner brings a number of benefits including faster access to the full range of services offered by the NIHR Study Support Service which  helps researchers to plan, setup and deliver clinical research in England. Association of Medical Research Charities members  also benefit from the provision of Research Part B costs as defined by AcoRD.

For a researcher to access this support, their study has to fully meet the NIHR Clinical Research Network eligibility criteria which are set by the Department of Health and Social Care. By becoming an NIHR Non-Commercial Partner you are  confirming that the way in which your organisation administers funding satisfies some of the eligibility criteria, which  speeds up the overall eligibility decision process.

Once eligibility is fully confirmed, studies your organisation funds will be included in the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio and will have access to our research delivery infrastructure, essential training and ISRCTN registration.

NIHR Non-Commercial Partners also have access to a suite of resources to help you and your grant applicants and recipients get the best from our Study Support Service.

NIHR Non-Commercial Partners have access to our Funder Resource Pack, which we developed with funders to enable our non-commercial partners to promote to researchers the benefits of the support offered NIHR Clinical Research Network. It includes some ‘top tips’ for funders on how to get the best out of their relationship with NIHR Clinical Research Network.


How does my organisation become an NIHR Non-Commercial Partner?

If your organisation is interested in becoming an NIHR Non-Commercial Partner please contact us for further information:


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