The Department’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) budget for 2019/20 is just over £1 billion and welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health. The NIHR funds research projects, training and research infrastructure. Applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the importance of the topic to patients and health and care services, value for money and scientific quality.
The NIHR also is a co-funder of Health Data Research UK who are committed to uniting the United Kingdom’s health data to enable discoveries and ensure that every health and care interaction and research endeavour will be enhanced by access to large scale data and advanced analytics. The NIHR also supports a number of initiatives to help researchers to access health data, samples and to identify participants for research.
The future of budgets outside of the NHS England resource settlement, including capital budgets for research and development, will be confirmed later this year at the Spending Review 2019.