The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation, funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.
The NIHR represents the most integrated clinical research system in the world, driving research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients.
The mission of the NIHR is to maintain a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.
The NIHR created and provides funding for the eight Healthcare Technology Co-operatives (HTCs).
The Institute manages its activities through four main work strands:
- NIHR Faculty: supporting the individuals carrying out and participating in research
- NIHR Research: commissioning and funding research
- NIHR Infrastructure: providing the facilities for a thriving research environment
- NIHR Systems: creating unified, streamlined and simple systems for managing research and its outputs.
The NIHR was established in April 2006 to provide the framework through which the Department of Health can position, maintain and manage the research, research staff and research infrastructure of the NHS in England as a national research facility.