£58.7 million funding boost for research to protect the health of the nation

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has announced a £58.7 million research investment to protect the public from health threats such as antimicrobial resistance, air pollution and infectious diseases. Since 2014, NIHR’s investment into world-class health protection research has shown how routine NHS data on consumption of antimicrobials can predict the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria, and how pragmatic steps by local authorities can reduce the risk of mental health problems in communities affected by flooding. These findings are used by Public Health England (PHE) to keep the public safe from current and emerging public health threats. Read more here

New report highlights how NIHR support for clinical research benefits the UK economy and NHS

NIHR support for clinical research contributes to the UK economy, creates jobs and generates income for the NHS, a new report shows. Read more here

NIHR teams up with NHS England and NHS Improvement to support elite university NHS partnerships

The NIHR has joined forces with NHS England and NHS Improvement to launch a new open competition to designate the next round of Academic Health Science Centres in England. Find out more here

NIHR and MRC join forces to tackle global chronic disease

The NIHR and the MRC have joined forces to invest over £6 million in five implementation science projects focused on tacking diabetes and hypertension in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs). These projects will unite with over 25 international research projects from across 40 different countries in a landmark collaboration under the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD). Read more here

Number of participants in NIHR-supported research exceeds one million for the first time

The number of participants in health and social care research studies supported by the NIHR has increased by more than 20% to top one million for the first time. Find out more here

NIHR launches free online course: What is Health Research?

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has launched a new online course called ‘What is Health Research?’ The three week course is aimed at patients, carers and anyone with a keen interest in learning more about the world of health research. More information can be found here

NIHR Your path in research campaign is live

The NIHR has announced an exciting new campaign, Your Path in Research, which coincides with the birthday of James Lind. The campaign aims to inspire health care professionals to get more involved in research. Read more here.

Reaching Out : Diversity in involvement in research event

The North East Creating Connection Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) network hosted Reaching Out: Diversity in involvement in research. The event brought together patients, members of the public, researchers and organisations from across the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) and was also the launch event for the start of Creating Connections work on Reaching Out. Read more here.

RDS Blogs: From the RDS desk

Each month, the Research Design Service, brings you handy tips, insights and experiences of the funding application process. The blogs touch on various themes in the design process and highlight what you need to know before you make a research application.  This month’s blog ‘Social care research – a heated debate…?’ discusses how Social care research is a priority area for NIHR funding, with new opportunities for social care practitioners and researchers.  But where do things stand regarding robust research methodologies that can be used to build an evidence-base for effective social care practice?  Do we need to have a heated debate…?  Read the full blog here.   Check out the previous blogs below:

February 2020: Using natural experiments to evaluate population health interventions

January 2020: A short introduction to the ‘i4i champions’

November 2019: Sample size – what difference matters?

October 2019: Improving the efficiency of clinical trials with adaptive designs

September 2019: Less is More! The power of the Plain English Summary