The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and supports research in the NHS in a number of ways.
There are a variety of ways in which health and care professionals can get involved in research. You can lead research in your field of interest, be a co-applicant or principal investigator for a study, advise sponsors or sites about the shape and feasibility of their research or take a lead in recruiting and delivering a study. Or you may want to stay abreast of the latest evidence and encourage your patients and service users to get involved in a study taking place at your care organisation. Every role and every professional is important.
At the core of NIHR is a commitment to fund high quality health and care research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care, attracting, supporting and developing the best researchers tackling the complex health and care challenges of the future, and providing research evidence to inform health and care practice.
Through our diverse funding programmes, our world-class support services, partnerships with the research community and other national and international stakeholders, and through the opportunities we provide for you to help shape our research agenda, being part of our research community makes a real difference to the health and wealth of the nation.
The NIHR supports research being delivered across 31 specialty therapy areas. Our therapy areas provide researchers with the practical support they need to develop proposals 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.