Supporting Innovation in Research

The NIHR aims to ensure that our services and infrastructure respond to changes in the health, care and research landscape and we continually take opportunities to further improve the way we work.

For this reason we have identified a number of areas of innovation in research and have brought together relevant experts to help us tackle a range of key challenges and opportunities, through several large-scale projects. These projects aim to develop, improve and advance research areas in interdisciplinary science, emerging technologies and clinical trial design and delivery. They also support the implementation of research in the NHS and wider health and care services.

Led by our Clinical Research Network, these projects bring in leadership and expertise from across the NIHR. We also collaborate with key stakeholders including several Higher Education Institutions, Professional Bodies in health and social care, as well as patients and the public.

How can we help you?

As a researcher working with NIHR, you can get involved in our work across many of these areas of innovation in research. We can provide you with guidance, recommendations and toolkits on research funding, design and delivery. Our projects have helped produce academic publications and changes in research governance processes. You can talk to one of our key experts, get advice on study feasibility and site selection, or attend one of our networking events. We also offer partnerships with Royal Colleges, the life sciences industry and funders.


Find out more about the resources and support we offer to researchers in the following areas:


Funding and support for your study

If you are planning to run a study in one of the areas listed above, funding for your study may be available through our diverse funding programmes.

Find out how to apply for funding for research projects, infrastructure and career development support.

We can also help researchers to set up and deliver their research study in the NHS or wider health and social care setting. Find out how we can help you run your study.