I want to learn about research

Being part of research can feel daunting. To help you feel fully part of NIHR’s work we have gathered together a number of helpful resources which can be used by everyone who has an interest in patient and public involvement. We hope they  help you get started on your own journey of learning and inquiry. Some of what we have included you may already be aware of, but others you may not and we hope they will excite and inspire.

Real life stories

Our Research Champions promote and raise awareness of health research in their regions. Read their stories about our research and why it is important to them.

Free online course: What is Health Research?

Explore the world of health research with our free, three week online course 'What is Health Research?' Bust the common myths surrounding health research, find out what's involved, meet volunteers who have taken part and much more. Absolutely anyone can register and you can complete the course at your own pace.












How we fund research

The NIHR is the nation’s largest funder of health and care research. Our people, programmes, centres of excellence and systems together represent the most integrated health research system in the world. We have transformed research in and for the NHS and helped to shape the health research landscape more broadly. Find out more on exactly how we fund our research. 

Research Participant Experience Survey

We know that listening to participants of research and responding to their feedback is vital to help understand the experience of patients taking part in clinical research. The NIHR Clinical Research Network has worked on ways to collect and understand patient feedback. During 2018/19 a patient survey was carried out by our Local Clinical Research Networks across England and core feedback was collated and analysed nationally. Read the report from our latest survey. 

NIHR Journals Library

The NIHR Journals Library website provides access to information about research funded by the NIHR providing an important and permanent archive of our funded research. In addition, the website includes the relevant details, documents and outputs of each research project, including plain English summaries and detailed description of the patient and public involvement undertaken during the study. 

NIHR Funding and Awards

Funding Boards for each NIHR research discipline/programme are held throughout the year providing funding decisions against each submission after which contracts are awarded to successful applications. We publish the details of the latest research awards which have been funded and where contracts have been signed. 

Latest blogs about Public Health Research

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Blog: Test, learn, adapt - great ideas meet messy realities

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