Partnering with NIHR to build research capacity

By partnering with us to co-fund Fellowships you can benefit from, and help grow, research capacity and capability in areas of shared interest.

NIHR training collaboration opportunities

NIHR works in partnership with the life sciences industry, including SMEs, to develop funding opportunities for early career researchers. This can include co-funding through our various awards and fellowships in areas of mutual interest.

This will help to support researchers to confidently engage and collaborate with commercial companies, and work at the interface of academia, the NHS and industry. Co-funding partnership opportunities are available at doctoral and advanced level, with the NIHR Fellowships Programme and the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme.  Awards included under these two programmes include the Development and Skills Enhancement Award and Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships, which currently provide opportunities for researchers to collaborate with industry.

Industry partners are able to co-fund a proportion of a Fellowship and/or provide support in-kind to successful Fellows.

In addition to industry co-funding, NIHR is also keen to work with commercial partners to help link them with researchers working in areas of mutual interest.

This could include facilitating conversations with researchers in advance of them applying for NIHR career development awards. This allows you to promote opportunities for these researchers to work with you.

Or, use our signposting service to connect to NIHR experts and world-leading research facilities, and for support in setting up collaborations between your company and NHS clinicians and academic partners.

Benefits of partnering with the NIHR

NIHR plays a pivotal role in attracting, training and supporting the best health and care researchers to tackle the complex challenges of the future.

By working with us you can collaborate with a highly-skilled academic research workforce with experience in translational and applied health and care research.

Together we can share our wealth of expertise in good practice and resources to build research capacity and capability, and identify solutions to health and care research problems.

By pooling resources in areas of mutual interest, we can collectively upskill the current and future research workforce and offer insights where new technologies may be useful.

To find out more, contact us at academy@nihr.ac.uk