Information for funders of research

Which funders does the NIHR Clinical Research Network support?

The Clinical Research Network considers support for studies that are funded by a range of different organisations.

NIHR non-commercial Partner organisations fund research which is automatically eligible for consideration for Network support. From January 2018, the eligibility criteria expanded to include research taking place outside of traditional NHS settings. This change in policy was introduced to better reflect the environment and services that people access and live in today. This means we can support with the delivery of funded health and care research taking place in settings such as care homes, hospices, schools, prisons, or other social care and public health environments.

One of the ways we do this is by determining which research funders fulfil the NIHR non-commercial Partner criteria. The studies that they fund are automatically eligible for consideration for Clinical Research Network support. We call these funders “NIHR non-commercial Partners”.

The NIHR non-commercial Partner list details all of the non-commercial funding organisations that meet these criteria.  Being an NIHR non-commercial Partner brings a number of benefits. For the studies you fund, decisions about eligibility for Network support can be reached more quickly and, once confirmed, those studies will be included in the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio. This means your grant recipients will have access to our research delivery infrastructure in the NHS, essential training and ISRCTN registration.

Becoming an NIHR non-commercial Partner is easy. Find out how on our eligibility page. The Clinical Research Network is currently leading a programme of work to promote engagement between the Network and research funders with a view to creating a better link between research funding and research delivery. It is envisaged that by creating a more integrated research system, the deliverability of clinical research in the NHS will be improved. This will benefit the funders and the Network, but more importantly, it will also benefit the NHS and its patients, as research is translated into clinical practice in shorter timescales.

The Clinical Research Network also considers support for studies that are funded by the following different types of organisation:

  • UK charities (these are often potential NIHR non-commercial Partners, see above)
  • Life sciences industry
  • Investigator initiated commercial collaborative research
  • NIHR and other areas of central government
  • Overseas governments and charities

Visit our eligibilty page to find out more.