The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds patient-based applied health research that is relevant to the NHS, focused on the current and future needs of patients and the public and expected to have an impact within 5 years of its completion. The NIHR does not fund basic research or work involving animals and/or animal tissue.
The National Institute for Health Research Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHR TCC) makes training awards to researchers whose work fulfils these criteria. It aim to establish a leading NHS Research Faculty, and to develop research careers, research leaders and collaborators. This research capacity development is funded by the Department of Health.
There are a large range of awards available: at different levels, to suit different work arrangements, types of NHS staff and career paths. Academic Clinical Fellowships and Clinical Lectureships are two such award types.