The NIHR at 10

2016 marks a decade since the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) was established. Throughout the last ten years it has contributed significantly to the health and wealth of the nation and is now the most comprehensive research system in the world.

2016 marks a decade since the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) was established. Throughout the last ten years it has contributed significantly to the health and wealth of the nation and is now the most comprehensive research system in the world.

The NIHR supports research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy. It works with patients and the public to shape the research agenda, finding new ways of preventing, identifying and treating ill health, evaluating the effectiveness and impact of new healthcare treatments, and ensures that the best possible evidence is available to inform decisions about health and social care.

The NIHR attracts investment into the UK by supporting partnerships with life science companies, including small and medium enterprises, and charities, and builds capacity and leadership in the research workforce.

The work of the NIHR has had a significant impact on the research landscape and has been growing year on year. In 2014/15:

  • more than 260,000 people took part in NIHR research studies
  • a record-breaking 21,499 people took part in dementia research supported by the NIHR
  • £97.8 million was invested in training programmes, with more than five thousand trainees receiving support in their career development
  • £135 million has been invested in cancer research
  • nearly £1 billion external research investment was attracted
  • more than £41 million intellectual assets were generated
  • 114 licensing deals were conducted; and 111 patents were granted
  • more than 250 NICE guidelines used NIHR-generated evidence