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Health and care professionals

We fund high quality research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care, and provide learning and support to enable researchers to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future.

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 institution. Every role and every professional is important. 

We can offer you support to develop your career from being a clinician involved in research to becoming a skilled academic researcher to supporting recruitment of patients. Our resources and learning tools help health and care professionals in the important role they play in the delivery of research to improve care for patients and the public.

Evidence shows that research active hospitals have better patient outcomes. Encouraging a research-positive culture in health and care organisations gives patients and the public greater access to research studies that help improve care and treatment options. Whether its embedding research across the sector, involving patients or supporting innovative practice we can help you achieve greater participation in research.




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About Us

We are the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provide the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive. We have transformed research in and for the NHS and helped to shape the health research landscape more broadly. Our evidence is used to improve outcomes for patients, shape policy and strengthen the health and care system.

We were established in 2006 under the government’s health research strategy, Best Research for Best Health. We are primarily funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, but also receive UK aid funding to support research for people in low- and middle-income countries. Working in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public, we deliver and enable world-class research that transforms people’s lives, promotes economic growth and advances science.

Our Mission

NIHR's mission is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. We deliver against this mission through five strategic workstreams.

Our Governance

The NIHR's work is directed by leaders at Department of Health and Social Care working in partnership with the directors of our seven coordinating centres.

Our Contribution to Research

The NIHR is a central part of the UK research landscape, collaborating in national activities to improve research and supporting NHS research performance.