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We offer the life sciences industry a range of services and free support.

We can work with you at any stage of your clinical development pipeline, from providing expertise to aid early stage development, to supporting the design, set-up and delivery of your study protocol in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and social care system.

Run a commercial study in the NHS

From identifying ideal NHS sites to performance monitoring, we provide a range of support to help the life sciences industry run studies in the NHS. You can also find out about our new national Patient Recruitment Centres.

NIHR Services for MedTech

We work in partnership with medical device, digital technology and diagnostic companies (collectively known as MedTech) to help them successfully translate innovative ideas into the clinical setting.


Access our expertise

Discover how we can help you identify, partner and work with the UK’s leading academics and clinical experts and access NHS research intelligence. For example, why not learn more about our Patient Engagement in Clinical Development Service?

Our response to COVID-19

At the beginning of the pandemic, we streamlined the COVID-19 research set-up process in the UK by establishing a single, collective UK system-wide approach involving NIHR, Public Health England, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), the Health Research Authority (HRA), Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and others.

Due to the drop in COVID-19 case numbers and significant progress with the vaccine roll-out, we are no longer accepting applications for studies to be designated as Urgent Public Health (UPH). However existing UPH studies will continue to be prioritised over the coming weeks, and new COVID-19 portfolio studies will be supported in line with local priorities and capacity. Find out more about NIHR support for COVID-19 research

You can read examples of how our support has helped, such as:

You may also find the following resources useful:

Managing research recovery 

With the pressures of the pandemic beginning to ease and COVID-19 caseloads falling, work is underway to support the recovery of research into other conditions, and to increase the strength of the UK’s research base and life sciences sector. This supports the vision set out by the Department of Health and Social Care in the document Saving and Improving Lives: the future of UK clinical research delivery.

Find out how we are managing recovery and work to support non-COVID 19 studies to improve research recovery, resilience and growth.

  • if you have questions about the pausing or restart of a clinical study:
  • if you are from a company wanting to be connected to the NIHR's expert researchers:

Other key information about what NIHR can offer to industry includes:

Apply for funding
There are a number of NIHR funding programmes which industry can apply for in order to support their health and care research

Collaborate with us
We offer a range of opportunities for industry to partner with our experts; from Translational Research Collaborations, to jointly funding researcher career development.

Access NIHR facilities and services
Support for the life sciences industry and other partners to access data, samples and analytical services

Or, find out more about:

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