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Researchers

Whether you're new to the research opportunities the NIHR can provide you, or you have worked with us for many years, there are always opportunities to shape the future of health and care research.

At the core of NIHR is a commitment to fund high quality health and care research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care, attracting, supporting and developing the best researchers tackling the complex health and care challenges of the future, and providing research evidence to inform health and care practice.

Our researchers come from diverse professions and background and their quality is world leading. As a researcher working with NIHR you will sample a culture of innovation, where we continuously find ways to increase our quality, accessibility and improve people’s experience of working for and with us.

Through our diverse funding programmes, our world-class support services, partnerships with the research community and other national and international stakeholders, and through the opportunities we provide for you to help shape our research agenda, being part of our research community makes a real difference to the health and wealth of the nation.

If you are applying for funding for the first time, or have already received NIHR funding, we provide support so you can conduct clinical and applied research in the areas of the country with the greatest health and care needs. 

We also provide career support and advice, access to leadership development opportunities, networking events, mentoring and guidance on research funding.

We fund, support and deliver high quality research and attract, train and support the best researchers.

The NIHR supports research being delivered across 31 specialty therapy areas. Our therapy areas provide researchers with the practical support they need to develop proposals to secure funding, set up and deliver clinical research in the NHS and wider health and social care environment and to facilitate the involvement of participants to make research more effective. 

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About Us

We are the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provide the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive. We have transformed research in and for the NHS and helped to shape the health research landscape more broadly. Our evidence is used to improve outcomes for patients, shape policy and strengthen the health and care system.

We were established in 2006 under the government’s health research strategy, Best Research for Best Health. We are primarily funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, but also receive UK aid funding to support research for people in low- and middle-income countries. Working in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public, we deliver and enable world-class research that transforms people’s lives, promotes economic growth and advances science.

Our Mission

NIHR's mission is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. We deliver against this mission through five strategic workstreams.

Our Governance

The NIHR's work is directed by leaders at Department of Health and Social Care working in partnership with the directors of our seven coordinating centres.

Our Contribution to Research

The NIHR is a central part of the UK research landscape, collaborating in national activities to improve research and supporting NHS research performance.