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Patients, carers, and the public are essential to our work. You are our greatest strength and we could not do our work without your help. Involving you in our work is one of NIHR’s key aims.
Every day thousands of patients, carers and the public go the extra mile to help NIHR make research happen. From taking part in clinical trials to working in partnership with researchers, clinicians and health professionals to improve the quality of our research, how it is designed, delivered and then used to change treatment and care.
Their contribution to our work since we started has been huge and we value it greatly. For it means we can do the best research which is most relevant to the health and social care needs of our diverse nation.
There are many ways you can join in this effort as you will find in these pages. Learn more about research.
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We are the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provide the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive. We have transformed research in and for the NHS and helped to shape the health research landscape more broadly. Our evidence is used to improve outcomes for patients, shape policy and strengthen the health and care system.
We were established in 2006 under the government’s health research strategy, Best Research for Best Health. 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. 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.