The impact of our health research
The NIHR invests the equivalent of 1% of the NHS budget into the health research system every year. With this money we support research projects and the training and infrastructure to make sure that patients, clinicians and service managers have the evidence they need to make the best decisions.
The benefits of research take time to fully emerge: the studies below range from early in the pathway (eg peanut allergies) where there is great potential as the science and health system adapts to develop and deliver new treatments, to studies on obesity, aneurysms and diabetes where the benefits are already being realised in the health system. The evidence generated by the NIHR in this way informs key decision-making through informing NICE (Birthplace, schizophrenia) and other guidelines or pathways (CPR, rheumatoid arthritis, Ebola), the activity of Clinical Commissioning Groups (obesity) and the National Screening Programme (cervical screening).
These and other NIHR research projects are a strong global influence on healthcare, attracting investment into the UK and allowing us to lead the way in integrating the research system into healthcare, for the benefit of us all.
Below are 10 case studies showing the real difference NIHR research has made during its first decade. If you’d like to be part of our impact in the next ten years, please register as a reviewer, make a research suggestion or apply for project funding.
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