Internet Explorer is no longer supported by Microsoft. To browse the NIHR site please use a modern, secure browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.

Responsibilities after funding

Here is information to help you meet the obligations in your research contract once you have been awarded funding from an NIHR research programme.

Register your study and seek regulatory approval

You need to register your study with a relevant database and seek regulatory approval. We also expect NIHR-funded researchers to adhere to the highest standards of research governance.

Deliver your study

You will need to set up and deliver high-quality research to time and target in both the NHS and in the wider health and social care environment. Our Study Support Service in Local Clinical Research Networks can help you do this.

Provide progress reports

When your project starts, you will be required to provide regular progress reports. We will monitor your study spending against the targets set during start-up.

Submit a final report

You will need to submit a final report on your project.

You must provide a draft final report to the relevant research programme team within 14 days of contract completion date or date of termination.

For 5 of our research programmes, the final report is published in NIHR Journals Library

Find out more about submitting your final report on the information for authors section of the Journals Library website.

Submit research outputs

You should acknowledge the NIHR's role in any outputs from your funded research. You may also need to advise us of forthcoming outputs. 

You can also use the NIHR brand on some outputs. Read more in our outputs and branding page.

Report impact

You will also need to track and measure outputs, outcomes and impacts during your funding award and for at least 5 years afterwards.

Report once a year through Researchfish

You’re required to report this information once a year through Researchfish , an online data collection platform used by over a hundred funders. The information you submit allows us to:

  • demonstrate the difference that your research project has made
  • make the case for continued applied health research funding 
  • evaluate the most effective ways to allocate it.