The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is a complex, devolved organisation and can be confusing to those who aren’t familiar with it.
Here you can find more information on what each part of the local NIHR does, and who it’s designed to help.
There is some overlap between the different parts at each stage of the research process. For example, the Research Design Service and Bristol Trials Centre both offer support for grant applications. The different parts also collaborate and work together.
The local NIHR can be divided into two functions: enabling research and conducting research.
- NIHR South West Research Design Service (RDS)
- Bristol Trials Centre (BTC)
- NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) West of England
- NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)
- NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West (ARC West)
- NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Behavioural Science and Evaluation at the University of Bristol
- NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR)
- NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR)
- NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR)
Where Bristol Health Partners fits in
Bristol Health Partners is an Academic Health Science Centre. This diagram shows where we sit in the context of the NIHR in Bristol, and also with the regional Academic Health Science Network.