Working in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, service users and the public, we fund, enable and deliver world-leading health and social care research that improves people's health and wellbeing and promotes economic growth.
We are funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. Our work focuses on early translational research, clinical research and applied health and social care research.
We are centred on England but collaborate closely with the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We are also a major funder of applied health research in low and middle income countries, work that is principally funded through UK aid from the UK government.
This programme of fellowship schemes and short placement awards supports individuals based within local authority settings to develop as health and/or social care researchers whilst retaining their existing employment and salary. This new initiative provides exciting opportunities for a wide range of individuals.
NIHR Link and Learn (75.18 KiB)
NIHR Your Path In Research Campaign offering a 'Link and Learn' service to learn more about how the NIHR can support you if you're new to research.
Care homes offer a number of unique opportunities for delivering health research when compared to the more traditional settings of primary care (general practice) and secondary care.
In this video Care Home Manager, Mary Harrison, and Research Nurse, Angus Sturrock, explain what care homes have to offer and convey how care home employees, residents and relatives are keen to take part. Care home resident, Doreen, also explains why she takes part in health resarch projects when opportunities arise.
Find out more about how the NIHR can support delivery of research in the community: www.nihr.ac.uk/community-research
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Enabling Research in Care Homes
NIHR funded research shows that hospitals with access to a specialist step-down service for their homeless patients saw an 18% reduction in A&E visits.
ENRICH brings together care home staff, residents and their families with researchers. It helps care homes make the most of research; and researchers to set up and run studies effectively and collaboratively in care homes.