Funding Programmes

Research programmes

NIHR research programmes fund:

  • commissioned, and
  • researcher-identified topic areas.

We have a range of different research programmes, each of which funds different types of research covering health, public health and social care research.

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation

Funding to change health promotion, disease treatment, improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care.

Evidence Synthesis

Research funding to help health and social care decision makers.

Health and Social Care Delivery Research

Research funding to improve access, quality and organisation of health and social care services.

Health Technology Assessment

Research funding to help plan and provide NHS and social care services.

Invention for Innovation

Support for the development of innovative healthcare technologies, including Artificial Intelligence Health and Care Award which  provides health research funding for researchers and industry partners specifically in the area of artificial intelligence.

Policy Research Programme

Research funding to support national policy in health, care and public health systems.

Programme Development Grants

Grants for research teams preparing a Programme Grants for Applied Research application, including Programme Grants for Applied Research which provides funding for applied research, specifically to solve health and social care challenges.

Public Health Research

Research funding to improve public health and reduce inequalities in health.

Research for Patient Benefit

Health, public health and social care research funding, to improve lives, including Research for Social Care which provides funding specifically to produce research to improve, expand and strengthen adult social care.


NIHR Academy programmes

We offer health and care researchers :

  • academic training
  • career development
  • research capacity development


Senior Investigators

Funding for leaders of patient and people-based research.

Research Professorships

Higher Education Institution 5-year awards for academics. 

Fellowship Programme

Support for aspiring researchers, from initial pre-doctoral training to senior post-doctoral research. 

Integrated Academic Training Programme

Annual Clinical Fellowships and Clinical Lectureships funding for doctors and dentists. 

Integrated Clinical and Practitioner Academic Training Programme

Research training awards for health and social care professionals. 

Academic Career Development in NIHR Infrastructure and NIHR Schools

Masters, Doctoral and other formal training awards for aspiring health and care researchers. 

Local Authority Academic Fellowship Programme

Fellowship schemes and short placement awards for individuals based in local authority settings. 

Leaders Support and Development Programme

A leadership programme in health and social care, for early to mid-career researchers.



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