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Outputs and branding

The NIHR tracks outputs from funded research throughout the project’s progress, and for three to five years after publication of the final report.

This keeps us informed of the reach of your findings and their impact and helps our own communications work, as well as allows us and the Department of Health and Social Care to prepare for any media or political interest.

All NIHR-funded researchers are required to notify the NIHR of any outputs from their research ahead of them appearing in the public domain. Providing advance notification is a contractual obligation of your research contract with the NIHR. We do not, however, approve the content of your outputs.

All outputs should acknowledge the NIHR funding and may display the ‘Funded by NIHR’ logo alongside, where appropriate (see the 'Branding' tab below).

A research output is any item arising from NIHR-funded research that enters the public domain.

Outputs can be written, verbally presented, audio/visual or electronic.

The NIHR takes a broad definition of what constitutes a research output. Key examples for reporting research findings are shown below.

Written Verbal Audio/visual Electronic
Research papers and abstracts Oral presentations Research posters Websites
 Press releases Speaking to the media, including media interviews Presentation slides Blog posts
Research reports Speaking at events    Newsletters
Books or book chapters     Social media accounts

Find out more about different types of research output in our research outputs and publications guidance.

Research papers

NIHR-funded researchers are expected to publish their main study findings in a peer-reviewed, open access journal. Read our open access policy.

Findings from clinical trials should be published in a peer reviewed journal within 24 months from study completion. Read more in the NIHR policy on clinical trial registration and disclosure of results.

Five of our research programmes also require researchers to publish research outputs in the NIHR Journals Library.

Find out more about our requirements around research papers in our research outputs and publications guidance.

Press releases

It is critically important that researchers and their organisations’ press offices make the NIHR aware in advance of any intention to publicise NIHR-funded research, including issuing press releases or other planned media activity.

Media activity that should be notified to the NIHR includes:

  • A press release being issued through your host or partner institution
  • A press release being issued by the journal, funder or partner in the research
  • You taking part in interviews for press or broadcast.

For more information, please see the press releases section of our research outputs and publications guidance.

Our output notification process has recently changed (December 2020).

Everything you need to know about providing notification and copies of your research outputs, can be found in our NIHR research outputs and publications guidance page.

All written and oral outputs must acknowledge the NIHR as the funder and, when mentioning research findings or opinions, use our disclaimer.

Please also acknowledge any other NIHR support your project may have received; for example, from our Clinical Research Network or an NIHR Clinical Research Facility or Biomedical Research Centre.

Read more about our acknowledgement and disclaimer in our research outputs and publications guidance.

We encourage you to use the 'Funded by NIHR' logo  on visual and digital outputs (see exceptions below). It should be positioned along with the acknowledgement and disclaimer as follows:

  • On websites above the fold but not in the header i.e. so that it is visible without scrolling down the page
  • In print, such as on your institution's templates for research posters and patient leaflets, below the fold/in the bottom half of the page
  • In research slides, use the ‘Funded by NIHR’ logo on the first slide and the appropriate acknowledgement and disclaimer on the final slide.

Exceptions to its use are on an original research paper where no NIHR logo should be used, as is the case with your institution's press release relating to the research. 

Alternatively, for research posters, you can use an NIHR poster template, to which you can add your host institution logo. 

Should your study have its own logo, this can also be used on outputs, providing the NIHR acknowledgement is also in place.

If your project is part of the MRC Clinical Trials portfolio, special arrangements apply (please contact EME to find out more).

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Funded by NIHR logo - black

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More information about the NIHR visual identity is available in the About us section.