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External peer reviewers help the NIHR at every stage of the research process. Our reviewers help to prioritise research topics, ensure we fund the best applications and help to shape the open access reports published by the NIHR Journals Library, and in doing so play a vital role in maintaining and improving the quality of our research.
Find out more about the role of NIHR external peer reviewers in our guidance and register your interest below.
By reviewing for the NIHR, you will be making a significant contribution to the NHS, social care and public health by shaping the research we fund and improving practice. Our funding programmes identify the highest impact questions for health and social care, so the research you review will make a real difference.
As an External Peer Reviewer, you can develop valuable insight into best practice in health and social care research and the standards of successful applications for funding.
Reviewing research briefs, proposals and research outputs can be used as evidence of continuing professional development (CPD). We provide written confirmation of reviewing tasks that have been completed for inclusion in your CPD portfolio. For consultant grade medical reviewers, there is the additional attraction that peer review for NIHR is recognised in Clinical Excellence Award submissions.
Reviewing applications for NIHR helps me to feel like I am contributing to something bigger, helping NIHR to fund work that answers important questions to improve health and reduce inequalities.
Dr. Brendan Collins
Our external peer reviewers are a diverse group of individuals with a wide range of expertise including:
Join our growing reviewer community for your chance to shape our research portfolio and improve public health, social care and practice in the NHS - register now
The NIHR Dissemination Centre works with a number of professional and public contributors throughout the entire dissemination process. We encourage regular input from external stakeholders to ensure that the views of our key audiences are kept at the heard of everything that we do.
If you are interested in health or social care research, there are lots of ways that you can get involved in the work of the NIHR Dissemination Centre.
Every week, the NIHR Dissemination Centre’s editorial board meet to discuss which abstracts should be turned into Signals. Before the abstracts are discussed, they are sent to professional and public raters for feedback on its relevance and importance to decision makers and patients. Find out more about becoming a rater.
We believe that tremendous value can be added to our summaries by including comments and quotes from experts and patients that have knowledge and expertise in the areas that we cover. If you are interested in providing commentaries for specific interest areas, or would like further information on exactly what is involved, please contact us.
The James Lind Alliance (JLA) brings patients, carers and clinicians together in Priority Setting Partnerships(PSPs). These PSPs identify and prioritise evidence uncertainties, or unanswered questions, that they agree are the most important. The aim of this is to help ensure that those who fund health research are aware of what really matters to the people who need to use the research in their everyday lives.
If you are interested in setting up your own Priority Setting Partnership, or taking part in PSP surveys, visit at the JLA website for more information and advice.
Providing the most effective health and social care is a huge challenge. There are so many products and procedures in use, with more being developed all the time, but often there is little good evidence about what works and what doesn’t.
We commission and fund projects looking at the usefulness of new and existing tests, treatments and devices and at new and existing ways of doing things. We also look at how to improve public health to see what really works in practice.
To make good decisions about what research to fund we need a complete and balanced picture about which questions most urgently need answering. Use the form below to make your research suggestions.
To enable delivery of our research programmes, we support a number of prioritisation and funding committees. These are composed of independent individuals with the broad spectrum of knowledge, skills and experience needed to get a well-rounded view of research needs and research assessment. We seek input from patients, members of the public, academics, subject experts, clinical staff, service managers, health, social care and public health professionals.
These committees are essential to our research programmes as they provide independent input, assessing research briefs and proposals, and as such are the cornerstone to ensuring that only the highest quality research is funded.