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. 

Research studies and data

We ensure that information about the research we fund is available to patients, carers and the public, so they can use our research to inform their care or care of their family and friends. There are a number of ways you can find out about what research we have funded in the conditions and topics that are of interest to you, as well as what our research has found.

Latest blogs about Public Health Research

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