NIHR Academy Resources

National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs)

The NIHR’s 20 Biomedical Research Centres are collaborations between world-leading universities and NHS organisations that bring together academics and clinicians to translate lab-based scientific breakthroughs into potential new treatments, diagnostics and medical technologies.

The centres receive substantial levels of sustained funding - £816 million over five years - to create an environment where experimental medicine can thrive. They attract the best scientists and produce world-leading research, contributing to the local and national economy.

NIHR Fellowships 

NIHR Fellowships have been designed to support people at various points of their development to become leading researchers, from initial pre-doctoral training to senior post-doctoral research.

Find out more about the four different types of Fellowship available 

Resources from the NIHR Fellowship Information Session (September 2019)

Overview of the NIHR Fellowship Programme - NIHR Academy (PDF)

My experience of applying for an NIHR Fellowship - Dr Rebecca D'Cruz (PDF)

What the interview panel expects to see - Professor Waljit Dhillo (PDF)

NIHR Academy Support

Building a Research Career: A guide for aspiring clinical academics (excluding doctors and dentists) and their managers

Find out more about the research opportunities available as part of the Clinical Academic Careers pathway


​NIHR Incubators

The NIHR Incubators have been established to support capacity building and multidisciplinary career development in priority areas where critical mass is low.

Incubators are virtual, managed across multiple sites and organised by discipline. They provide targeted high level career development support, led by experts in the field and supported by the NIHR Academy.

Clinical Research Practitioner (CRP) Directory

The Directory is a collaboration between the NIHR and the Academy for Healthcare Science. The NIHR Directory for Clinical Research Practitioners has been established to create a community of practice as a foundational step in defining the professional identity of this diverse group. Work is currently being taken forward jointly by the NIHR and the AHCS and aims to establish a Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register for CRPs.

NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) South London

The NIHR CRN South London provides the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS in this region, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments. 

Researchfish submission

​​NIHR uses Researchfish to monitor the impact of funded research

Other Resources

NIHR Clinical Trials Guide (June 2019)

The five most common impact mistakes in NIHR applications

NIHR Integrated Academic Training Guide (Nov 2017) (PDF)

Optimising the Participant in Research Experience Checklist (July 2019)

Studies within a trial (SWAT)

NIHR Leaders Support and Development Programme

Strategic Review of Training (July 2017)

Best Research for Best Health: The Next Chapter