Our NIHR committees recommend which health and social care research projects we should fund or prioritise.
A range of professionals and public members sit on our committees. These groups assess research proposals and briefs that describe a potential area of research. The proposals can cover a wide range of health and social care issues and challenges. They all aim to benefit patients and improve services.
People who join our committees as public members have the key task of bringing a patient and public perspective to the discussions.
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We have a very unique perspective on the issues that are being discussed and I think involving members of the public, patients, carers enables the research to more grounded in the reality of people's lives.
Rosemary, NIHR Committee Member
Why should I join an NIHR committee?
Being part of research is exciting. It is thought provoking and it allows you to use skills that you might not have realised you had. It can lead you into new experiences or opportunities that you didn’t expect.
NIHR committees give you the opportunity to:
- have a say in research funding decisions
- learn more about research
- engage in thought-leading discussions
- represent people and patients
We are keen to involve patients, carers and members of the public who have a broad interest in and knowledge of health, social care and/or actions to improve public health and address health inequalities.
You do not need to have a scientific background to help shape research! We are looking for people who are able to use their own experiences to improve the research we wish to fund.
How often are committees recruited?
NIHR runs an annual recruitment campaign, typically in the spring.
You can find out more about the application process in our information pack.
How research committees work