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


In 2012, the Northern Ireland Health Minister made 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 NIHR 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.

Click here for examples of over £30M NIHR funded research lead by NI>

The selected research programmes now available for NI researcher to lead on are:


Applying for Funding - advice for NI applicants

Applications for these research programmes should be made directly to the NIHR 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 recommended to read the following Guidance document:

Guidance on applying to NETS research programmes v1.4Nov16

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


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

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)

NIHR often expect Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) to play a role in developing an NIHR funding application

Find out more about the Northern Ireland CTU>


Suggesting research questions for NIHR

NIHR 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.