This site is optimised for modern browsers. For the best experience, please use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.

Career development

The NIHR attracts, develops and retains the best health and social care professionals to lead and support the delivery of important research.

We support the delivery of high quality research care

A skilled research delivery workforce is crucial to making research happen in the NHS and other health and social care settings. There are currently over 10,000 front-line research delivery staff working throughout the NHS who are funded or part-funded by the NIHR.

Clinical research nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, social care professionals, doctors, dentists and clinical research practitioners play an important role in the delivery of high quality research care. We support their development and raise awareness of their roles through a number of campaigns and initiatives, including opportunities for health and care professionals looking to take their first step in research delivery.

We develop a highly-skilled academic research workforce

The NIHR Academy supports the development of a skilled academic research workforce. We provide career support and training, access to leadership development opportunities, networking events, mentoring and guidance on research funding. Fellowships and career development awards are available from pre-doctoral to professorial level, to  support the future leaders in NIHR research. 

Find out more about career development support and training for researchers and those looking to become researchers.

Research can benefit your career

A research career can:

  • give you an opportunity for further learning in your health or social care specialism to benefit your patients
  • enable you to build a career around areas you are passionate about and explore new areas of interest to you
  • provide you with extra skills and qualifications which can benefit your future career prospects
  • add variety in your career to boost job satisfaction

Find out what career opportunities are available for your profession.

Related pages



External links