UK government invests £120m in health research

Funding will support up to 12 NIHR CLAHRCs

The UK government is to invest £120m in health research to tackle some of the country’s biggest health problems over the next five years.

The funding will be provided in 2014 and support up to 12 National Institute for Health Research Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRCs) around the country. It will particularly support research targeted at chronic disease and public health interventions, and a track record in translating research findings into improved outcomes for patients.

The closing date for submissions of applications by NHS Organisations or providers of NHS services in England is 13 May.

The new funding builds on previous NIHR health research that has led to improvements in treatments for patients and now widely used in the NHS.

‘This new funding will support the best health researchers around the country,’ said Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of Health. ‘The collaborations will conduct the very highest quality research across universities, the NHS and in other relevant organisations. They are therefore ideally placed to play a key role in ensuring that advances in treatments for a wide variety of diseases reach our patients, so that thousands of people will benefit right across the country.’

National Institute for Health Research Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRCs) were established in 2008 to undertake high quality health research focused on the needs of patients and to support the translation of research evidence into practice in the NHS. The nine CLAHRCs are now in the final year of their five-year funding.

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