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As a leading destination for clinical research, we offer a range of services and free support to help you design, plan, set-up and deliver research in the UK

We can work with you at any stage of your clinical development pipeline, from providing expertise in disease mechanisms and experimental medicine to support your early stage development programmes, through to supporting the design, set up and delivery of your study protocol in the NHS and social care system. We can also provide access to data, samples and patient cohorts across a broad range of disease areas.

What would you like to do?

  • Access our research expertise
    Discover how we can help you identify, partner and work with the UK’s leading academics and clinical experts and access NHS research intelligence.
  • Collaborate with us
    We have established a number of ready-formed national networks of experts to work with your organisation or company.
  • Apply for funding
    There are a number of NIHR funding programmes which industry can apply for in order to support their health and care research.
  • Run your study in the NHS
    From finding sites to performance monitoring, we provide a range of support to help the life sciences industry run your study in the NHS.

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.