National Institute for Health Research
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provides the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive. The NIHR represents the most integrated clinical research system in the world, driving research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy, and enabling world-class research that transforms people's lives, promotes economic growth and advances science.
The NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research.
On behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, the NIHR plays a critical role in terms of funding, enabling and delivering research into COVID-19.