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Researchers

Join our research community and find out how the NIHR can support your research and career development.

As well our diverse funding programmes, we offer world-class support services and opportunities to shape the health and wealth of the nation.

Latest funding opportunities

Find out which of our programmes are currently open for applications, from topic specific calls, to career development funding with NIHR Academy.

Apply for NIHR funding

Find out more about submitting an application, including choosing the right programme, submitting a strong application and eligibility requirements.

Get support for running your study

Get expert support on all aspects of delivering a study, from developing your methodology, to support setting up or accessing data or patients cohorts.

Our response to COVID-19

On behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, the NIHR is playing a critical role in terms of funding, enabling and delivering research into COVID-19. You can:

We are no longer accepting applications for studies to be designated as Urgent Public Health (UPH). However existing UPH studies will continue to be prioritised over the coming weeks, and new COVID-19 portfolio studies will be supported in line with local priorities and capacity. Visit our Urgent Public Health page for the latest updates. 

Work is continuing to restart the UK’s diverse portfolio of clinical research. We have developed a restarting research page with resources for researchers relating to the Restart Framework, case studies of the framework in action and information for patients.

We fund, support and deliver high quality research and attract, train and support the best researchers from diverse professions and backgrounds. Whether you're new to the research opportunities the NIHR can provide, or you have worked with us for many years, there are always opportunities to shape the future of health and care research.

Apply for funding for your research or career development.

Get career support and advice to help develop your skills.

Shape our research agenda by becoming a peer reviewer, submitting a research idea, or joining one of our committees.

If you 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.

NIHR Academy members can access leadership development opportunities, networking events, mentoring and guidance on research funding.

Find out how being part of our research community makes a real difference to the health and wealth of the nation.

Find out about our 31 specialty therapy areas, which provide researchers with practical support 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. 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.

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.

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 six 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.

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