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National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre


In July 2012, the then Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots announced a research and development funding commitment in the form of an annual contribution to NIHR.  This significant investment enables Northern Ireland-based researchers to lead on applications for NIHR research opportunities alongside their colleagues from the United Kingdom (UK).

HSC R&D Division remains committed to supporting researchers to benefit from NETS opportunities. Northern Ireland has a significant number of researchers and research groups with the necessary expertise and track records necessary for the development of competitive applications.

The selected research programmes now available are:


Applying for funding - advice for NI applicants

Applications for these research programmes should be made directly to the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) through their website.

**Researchers are strongly advised to discuss applications with HSC R&D Division **

The NI contact points for each programme are:

you are also recommeded to read the following Guidance document:

Guidance on applying to NETS research programmes v1.4Nov16

For research activity in Northern Ireland, funding of NHS or HSC Support Costs (Service Support Costs) is the responsibility of HSC R&D Division, subject to satisfactory review and available budget. You should apply for funding of Service Support Costs using this form as early as possible in your application process. 


HSC R&D Division support for applications to NETSCC

HSC R&D Division offers Enabling Research Awards to support researchers in their acquisition of funding through eligible NETSCC-managed research programmes

HSC R&D Division can provide advice for applicants in the area of research costs (see Research Costs)

The diagram below provides a suggestion of key organisations for lead applicants in NI to contact for support for their application: (click on the image to download)


Suggesting research questions for NIHR

The NETS programmes work with external organisations and individuals to identify research questions which are likely to make the greatest difference to people's health.  Thay are also interested to receive suggestions for research through their online web form.  These suggestions are considered individually by the relevant programme which decides whether they should form the basis of an advert for research. 

For more information please see:


The role of Clinical Trials Units in developing an NIHR funding application

The NIHR has produced a video highlighting the role that Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) play in developing an NIHR funding application, explaining both the role and benefits of working with CTUs.

Go to NIHR website to access this video>

Find out more about the Northern Ireland CTU>