How we fund research

With funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), 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.

The NIHR provides evidence to improve outcomes for patients and inform decisions on the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of the health and care system. We address the research needs of a wide range of evidence-users including the public and patients, frontline health and care professionals, managers and policy makers.

We invest heavily in the nation’s research infrastructure, supporting world-class facilities and the latest technology for use by UK Research and Innovation, research charities and the life sciences industry as well as NIHR researchers. We also invest in people, sustaining excellent research capacity and expertise throughout clinical and non-clinical academic career pathways and providing high quality learning and development opportunities for the delivery workforce in our infrastructure. Through our clinical research network we are able to recruit the right patients to take part in studies, and place studies in the right places for the patients who need them.

By connecting universities, the NHS, local government, other research funders, patients and the public, we deliver and enable world-class research that shapes policy, strengthens the health and care system, drives economic growth, advances science for national and international benefit, and improves lives.


You can find out more about our  funding and awards through our dedicated website.