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Focus On...The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

What is the NIHR?

The mission of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is to maintain a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

The NIHR is is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation, funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

What can the NIHR do for Medtech Businesses?

The clue is that the mission of the NIHR is to improve the health and wealth of the nation.

One of the NIHR’s objectives is to make research faster and easier with a focus on outcomes so that research findings can benefit patients more quickly. The NIHR is doing this by developing integrated systems for the NIHR and its partners to streamline and simplify approvals and permissions. This will support this country’s competitive advantage in life science industry research and assist the NIHR in realising its vision to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

No, sorry, I still don't understand what that means for my business....

In simple terms, NIHR provides a framework for innovators from within and without the NHS to attract and perform worldclass research within the NHS. There are also regular calls for research which come with funding. Thus NIHR potentially transcends two barriers for SMEs wishing to perform health research, access and funding.

In short it's well worth visitng their website to see what current calls are open.

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