National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)
The mission of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR does this by:
- Funding high quality, timely research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care;
- Investing in world-class expertise, facilities and a skilled delivery workforce to translate discoveries into improved treatments and services;
- Partnering with patients, service users, carers and communities, improving the relevance, quality and impact of our research;
- Attracting, training and supporting the best researchers to tackle complex health and social care challenges;
- Collaborating with other public funders, charities and industry to help shape a cohesive and globally competitive research system;
- Funding applied global health research and training to meet the needs of the poorest people in low and middle income countries.
- NIHR is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. Its work in low and middle income countries is principally funded through UK Aid from the UK government.
One part of the NIHR infrastructure are the 11 funded MedTech and in vitro diagnostics Co-operatives (MICs) – of which Newcastle is one.
Based in leading NHS organisations, the MICs act as centres of expertise and bring together patients, clinicians, researchers, commissioners and industry.
The MICs were launched in 2018 and receive substantial levels of sustained funding – £14 million over five years – to help develop new medical technologies and provide evidence on in vitro diagnostic tests.
The MICs can help to build a multi-disciplinary team that will work collaboratively with medical technology, device and diagnostic developers.
This ensures that developers generate the evidence they need to support adoption of their innovations in the NHS.