The National Institute for Health Research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care  and supports research in the NHS in a number of ways.  

At the core of NIHR is a commitment to fund high quality health and care research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care, attracting, supporting and developing the best researchers tackling the complex health and care challenges of the future, and providing research evidence to inform health and care practice.

Through the NIHR's diverse funding programmes, world-class support services, partnerships with the research community and other national and international stakeholders, and through the opportunities we provide for you to help shape the national research agenda, being part of the NIHR research community makes a real difference to the health and wealth of the nation.

The NIHR supports research being delivered across 31 specialty therapy areas. These areas provide researchers with the practical support they need to develop proposals to secure funding, set up and deliver clinical research in the NHS and wider health and social care environment and to facilitate the involvement of participants to make research more effective.

NIHR Learn

NIHR Learn ( is the home of free, accredited learning programmes and is used by over 45,000 learners across the NHS and partner organisations every year.

It offers a range of resources to develop your knowledge of clinical research and support you to do what you do best.

You can find the suite of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) courses and many other learning programmes developed by international leaders from across the clinical research field.

You will need to set up an NIHR Learn account and have an NIHR email account in order to access these resources.