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Suggest a research topic

Providing the most effective health and social care is a huge challenge. There are so many products and procedures in use, with more being developed all the time, but often there is little good evidence about what works and what doesn’t.

We commission and fund projects looking at the usefulness of new and existing tests, treatments and devices and at new and existing ways of doing things. We also look at how to improve public health to see what really works in practice.

To make good decisions about what research to fund we need a complete and balanced picture about which questions most urgently need answering. We ask patients, carers, clinicians, health care workers, service managers and researchers. Whoever you are, we need your voice too. Use the form below, with help from the examples, to make your research suggestions.

Your idea will be seen by our research funding programmes and, if suitable, taken to one of our decision-making committees that prioritises research for funding.

We receive a large number of valuable research suggestions each year. Not all of these can be funded. However, our research funding programmes work closely with patients, members of the public, users of social care services and carers as well as health and social care experts, to ensure our research will answer the most pressing questions. To find out if your question has reached a committee please contact


Your idea

The NIHR funds a wide range of research – see if the area you are interested in has been funded


A question which can be researched needs to be specific – tell us what existing product or procedure needs to be evaluated.


Is there a particular group for this test? Eg: Pregnant women, children with allergies, older men, the general public?


Is it about quality of life and/or length of life? Will it save time and/or money?


About you

Providing contact information is optional, but enables our staff to clarify details of your research suggestion, should they need to.


Have you had any input/influence from patients, carers and/or members of public when creating your suggestion? (required)

Data protection

By completing this form you are agreeing to your details being added to our management Information System (MIS) database. Your personal information is held and used in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act (2018). The Department of Health and Social Care, NIHR is the Data Controller under GDPR. Under GDPR, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. You should be aware that information given to us might be shared with other DHSC NIHR bodies for the purposes of statistical analysis and other DHSC NIHR management purposes. We also reserve the right to share details of research applications with other approved research funding organisations outside the NIHR in order to coordinate research activity in the UK. Information collected from you will not be passed to any third party outside the NIHR except specifically as detailed above without your consent except where we are under a statutory obligation or entitled to do so by law. Applicants may be assured that DHSC NIHR is committed to protecting privacy and to processing all personal information in a manner that meets the requirements of GDPR. You can ask for your details to be removed from our database at any time. 

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