How we fund research
NIHR is the nation’s largest funder of health and care research, spending £1 billion from the Department of Health and Social Care on research every year.
Working with experts across healthcare research and the NHS, NIHR identifies which illnesses and conditions need more research to help improve people’s lives.
NIHR involves patients, members of the public, users of social care services and carers at all stages of its research. This helps to improve research and make it more relevant to the people it’s designed to benefit.
Patients, members of the public, users of social care services and carers can get involved at all stages of research funding:
- helping decide which health conditions and topics need researching most
- reviewing research project ideas to help improve them
- being part of NIHR committees to decide which research projects are funded
Find out more about how we fund research and how patients and the public can get involved and help us fund the most important projects in this video.
You can find out more about the research we fund through our funding and awards website.