National Institute for Health Research

The National Institute for Health Research is now established as a part of the Government’s strategy, ‘Best Research for Best Health‘. It is committed to establishing the NHS as an internationally recognised centre of research excellence through supporting outstanding individuals, working in world-class facilities, conducting leading-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

The Institute manages its activities through four main work strands:

  • NIHR Faculty: supporting the individuals carrying out and participating in research
  • NIHR Research: commissioning and funding research
  • NIHR Infrastructure: providing the facilities for a thriving research environment
  • NIHR Systems: creating unified, streamlined and simple knowledge management systems

The NIHR is directed by Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health and Social Care.

More information can be found on the NIHR website: