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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network provides the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS, so that patients and the public can benefit from new and better treatments. This site provides information on how the Clinical Research Network is: helping researchers to set up clinical studies quickly and effectively; supporting the life-sciences industry to deliver their research programmes; providing health professionals with research training; and working with patients to ensure their needs are at the very centre of all research activity. The Clinical Research Network comprises 15 local Clinical Research Networks that cover the length and breadth of England. Each local Clinical Research Network delivers research across 30 clinical specialties.
NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) undertake high-quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients and support the translation of research evidence into practice in the NHS. CLAHRCs are collaborative partnerships between a university and the surrounding NHS organisations, focused on improving patient outcomes through the conduct and application of applied health research.
The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) programme was launched in April 2008. It was created as part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) coordinated strategy for clinical trials. The EME programme is broadly aimed at supporting ‘science driven’ studies with an expectation of substantial health gain and aims to support excellent clinical science with an ultimate view to improving health or patient care.
NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) is home to a growing number of research programmes and is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It is based at the University of Southampton Science Park and was established in April 2008. NETSCC manages the following research programmes: Health Technology Assessement; Public Health Research; Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation; Health Services and Delivery Research; Systematic Reviews and NIHR Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) Support Funding.
The Faculty is at the heart of the NIHR, it includes all of the NIHR funded people working in the NHS, universities and registered charities in England, who generate research ideas in clinical and applied healthcare research, lead or support this research, and evaluate the effectiveness of healthcare interventions and policies. It is a vibrant research community with members exchanging ideas about research and innovation to improve the health and well-being of the nation.
The HS&DR programme funds research to improve the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of the NHS. It aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence on the quality, access and organisation of health services, including costs and outcomes. The HS&DR programme is the result of the merger of two former NIHR programmes, the Health Services Research programme (HSR) and the Service Delivery and Organisation programme (SDO). The aims of both programmes are being carried forward into the HS&DR programme.
The National Institute for Health Research Health Tecnology Assessment (HTA) programme funds independent research about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS.
The National Institute for Health Research Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre aims to supply timely information to key health policy and decision-makers within the NHS about emerging health technologies that may have a significant impact on patients or the provision of health services in the near future. The scope of the horizon scanning activity includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices and equipment, diagnostic tests and procedures, therapeutic interventions, rehabilitation and therapy, and public health activities.
The Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme aims to support and advance the development of innovative medical technologies for the benefit of patients in the NHS in England and Wales.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) has been set up to help public, charity and industry research funders work in partnership with NIHR infrastructure. It also ensures that NIHR-supported Centres, Units, Facilities and Networks can work together to help drive the flow of innovative research for patient benefit.
NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) were established in 2006 to produce independent research findings that will have practical application for the benefit of patients and the NHS in the relatively near future. Within the PGfAR programme is the Programme Development Grants scheme, the primary purpose of which is to allow investigators to undertake preparatory research that will position them to submit a competitive Programme Grant application.
The NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) programme funds research to evaluate non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. The scope of the programme is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a wide range of interventions that improve public health.
The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) supports researchers to develop and design high quality research proposals for submission to NIHR and other national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. There are ten NIHR Research Design Service, one in each Strategic Health Authority area.
Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) is a national, response-mode programme established in 2006 to generate high quality research for the benefit of users of the NHS in England. It funds regionally-derived applied research projects in health services and social care. Its main purpose is to realise, through evidence, the huge potential for improving, expanding and strengthening the way that healthcare is delivered for patients, the public and the NHS.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research is a partnership between eight leading academic centres for primary care research in England. The School’s main aim is to increase the evidence base for primary care practice through high quality research and strategic leadership.
Established in April 2012 with a budget of £20 million over five years, the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) is a partnership between eight leading academic centres with excellence in applied public health research in England. The School is committed to ensuring that the public are involved in the development and conduct of all its research projects.
The School for Social Care Research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, formally began work in May 2009. Led by Professor Martin Knapp with a budget of £15 million over five years, the SSCR is a partnership between six leading academic centres in social care research in England. SSCR has received a further five year’s funding from the National Institute for Health Research from 1 May 2014.
The NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHR TCC) makes training awards to researchers whose work focuses on people and patient-based applied health research. The NIHR funds this research training in order to build a leading NHS Research Faculty, develop research careers, research leaders and collaborators.
The UK Cochrane Centre (UKCC) was established at the end of 1992, by the National Health Service Research and Development Programme and is now part of the National Institute for Health Research. We provide training and support to Cochrane entities and contributors to The Cochrane Collaboration in the UK, Ireland, and some other countries; act as a knowledge broker for Cochrane reviews; and run a programme of methodology research and audit. We are a key link between the Collaboration, Cochrane reviews, and the National Health Service.
The National Research Ethics Service (NRES) is committed to enabling and supporting ethical research in the NHS. NRES protects the rights, safety, dignity and wellbeing of research participants. It is a core function and directorate of the Health Research Authority.