The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
The NIHR commissions and funds NHS, social care and public health research that is essential for delivering on the government’s responsibilities in public, health and personal social services.
- The NIHR’s role is to develop the research evidence to support decision making by professionals, policy makers and patients, make this evidence available, and encourage its uptake and use, for example, through NHS Evidence, which provides clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice, to make informed decisions. It is for other organisations, such as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), to provide national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health. The NIHR funds research, not implementation or service development.
- The NIHR’s key objective is to improve the quality, relevance, and focus of research in the NHS and social care by distributing funds in a transparent way after open competition and peer review.
- Accordingly the NIHR encourages initiatives that increase the potential for quality research to be widely disseminated and freely accessed. It supports the principle of Open Access to research as set out in its statement supporting UKPubMed Central. A UKPubMed Central video highlights the benefits of publishing research to this unique open access resource. In addition the NIHR also part-funds the EQUATOR Network which aims to enhance the reliability of medical research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting of health research.
- The NIHR also funds a range of programmes addressing a broad range of health priorities. Funding is based on the quality and relevance of the research to personal social services and the NHS.