Fund research

The NIHR funds more than £250 million a year of high quality, patient and public-centred health, public health and social care research through our research programmes.

We can collaborate to co-fund high quality research in areas of shared interest, to reduce duplication in research funding and maximise the impact of our respective investments.

By collaborating with the NIHR in areas where our missions are aligned, you can add value to your charity’s research investment and extend its national and international reach.

Smaller charities can increase the scale and impact of their research funding by partnering with the NIHR. Larger charities may wish to support joint calls in areas of mutual priority and offer their strategic view of where our two organisations can collectively make the most impact in a particular disease area.

By signposting opportunities for follow on funding to each other and our networks, we can join up the research ecosystem to ensure that studies progress through the development pathway and reach patient and public benefit sooner.

Co-fund with NIHR research programmes

We can collaborate to co-fund individual research projects with health and social care charities, where our research priorities are aligned and collaboration will be mutually beneficial.

You can work with us to co-fund research projects within specific researcher-led or commissioned funding calls in your area of interest, by working with the NIHR research programmes.

Charities seeking to co-fund research need to work with a researcher in their area and support their application to the NIHR. You should also approach the NIHR at the earliest opportunity to discuss their interest in the research proposal and co-funding.

As well as collaborating to fund individual projects, charities can also collaborate with the NIHR to co-fund NIHR funding calls.


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The the PANDA-S study - co-funded by Versus Arthritis and NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research - is using optimal diagnostic and prognostic information to target treatment for patients with shoulder pain.

“The partnership of NIHR with Versus Arthritis is incredibly important to raise the profile of research into musculoskeletal conditions, such as back pain, shoulder pain, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory arthritis.

“The NIHR-Versus Arthritis partnership gives researchers in this field the opportunity to develop high quality, comprehensive research projects aiming to reduce the impact of chronic pain and arthritis in individuals, their families and society.”

Professor Danielle van der Windt, Chief Investigator of the PANDA-S study and Professor of Primary Care Epidemiology, Keele University

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