NHS Research Organisations


NHS Research Organisations


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

The NIHR drives research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy by:

  • transforming research in the NHS
  • increasing the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public
  • driving faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits
  • developing and supporting the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research
  • attracting investment by the life sciences industry through our world-class facilities for health research

The mission of the NIHR is to maintain a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

For more information go to: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/


The Health Research Authority (HRA)

The Health Research Authority (HRA) protects and promotes the interests of patients and the public in health and social care research.

They work to give more people the opportunity to participate in health and social care research and continue to feel safe when they do.

If a study is led from England and involves the NHS in England, researchers must gain HRA approval.

The HRA wants to make it easier to undertake responsible health research in the NHS in England as part of a UK-wide system.


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Date reviewed: 03/06/19 (V2.0)
Review date: 03/06/20