Relationship statements and descriptors

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All websites for designated parts of the NIHR are required to include a relationship statement and a standard description of NIHR and in the ‘About us’ page of the website, as well as a short descriptor of the scheme part of the NIHR falls within. This information represents the minimum that should be included in ‘About us’ pages.

Relationship statements (A) spell out the NIHR funding and the names of the host and partner institutions. They also include the name of any co-funder.

The standard description of the NIHR (B) is available in the NIHR Websites Acceptable Use Policy (section 1.4.a).

Descriptors provide more information on the funding scheme that the designated part of the NIHR sits within (C), introducing shared language across all parts of the NIHR within a certain scheme. Web owners may choose to use the recommended description in full, word for word, or write their own text incorporating the recommended three key phrases (D). 

 Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs)

 Type of informationRequired text 
Relationship statement (A) The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) [NAME] is part of the NIHR and hosted by [HOST TRUST NAME] in partnership with [PARTNER UNI NAME].
Description (C) NIHR ARCs are regional collaborations between organisations that undertake applied health and care research. The NIHR has awarded £135 million over five years to 15 ARCs across England. ARCs support applied health and care research that responds to the needs of local populations and health and care systems.
Key phrases (D)

15 ARCs

£135 million funding

Regional collaborations between organisations that undertake applied health and care research

 

 Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs)

Type of informationRequired text 
Relationship statement (A)

The NIHR [NAME] Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is part of the NIHR and hosted by [HOST TRUST NAME] in partnership with [PARTNER UNI NAME].

Description (C)

NIHR BRCs are collaborations between universities and NHS organisations. They bring together academics and clinicians to translate lab-based discoveries into potential new treatments, diagnostics and technologies.

The NIHR has awarded £816 million over five years to 20 BRCs across England.

Key phrases (D)

20 BRCs

£816 million funding

Translating lab-based scientific breakthroughs into potential new treatments, diagnostics and medical technologies.

 

Blood and Transplant Research Units (BTRUs) 

Type of informationRequired text

Relationship statement (A)

The NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit (BTRU) in [NAME] is part of the NIHR and is a partnership between NHS Blood and Transplant and [HOST UNI NAME].

Description (C)

NIHR BTRUs undertake research to improve the supply of blood, plasma, stem cells, and organs for transplantation. 

The NIHR has awarded £20 million over five years to five units to research new technologies and techniques that will benefit donation, transfusion, and transplantation.

Key phrases (D)

Five units 

£20 million

Research to improve the supply of blood, plasma, stem cells, and organs for transplantation

  

 Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs)

Type of informationRequired text 
Relationship statement (A) The NIHR [NAME] Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is part of the NIHR and hosted by [HOST TRUST NAME].
Description (C)

NIHR Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs) are purpose-built facilities in NHS hospitals where researchers can conduct studies. 

The NIHR has awarded £161 million over five years to 28 CRF facilities across England, to support early-phase and complex studies.

Key phrases (D)

28 CRFs

£161 million funding

Supporting early-phase and complex studies

With prior permission, other collaborating organisations may also be acknowledged, although only those named as part of the original funding application and not any others added on subsequently. 

 Health Determinants Research Collaborations (HDRCs)

Type of informationRequired text 
Relationship statement (A) The NIHR Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC) [NAME]  is part of the NIHR and hosted by [CONTRACTING ORGANISATION]
Description (C)

NIHR Health Determinants Research Collaborations enable local authorities to become more research-active, embedding a culture of evidence-based decision making.  

The NIHR has awarded £50 million to 13 new HDRCs across the UK, to provide the capacity and capability for local authorities to undertake public health research to address the wider determinants of health and health inequalities.

Key phrases (D)

13 HDRCs

£50 million funding

 Addressing the wider determinants of health and health inequalities.

 

 Health Protection Research Units (HPRUs)

Type of information Required text 
Relationship statement (A) The NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in [NAME] is part of the NIHR and is a partnership between the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and [HOST UNI NAME].
Description (C)

NIHR HPRUs are research partnerships between universities and the UK Health Security Agency. The units act as centres of excellence in multidisciplinary health protection research.

The NIHR has awarded £59 million over five years to 14 HPRUs across England.

Key phrases (D)

14 HPRUs

£59 million

funding Multidisciplinary centres of excellence

 

 Medtech and In vitro diagnostic Co-operatives (MICs)

Type of informationRequired text 
Relationship statement (A) The NIHR [NAME] Medtech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operative (MIC) is part of the NIHR and hosted by [HOST TRUST NAME]. 
Description (C)

NIHR MICs are centres of expertise to help develop new medical technologies and provide evidence on commercially-supplied in vitro diagnostics. They bring together patients, clinicians, researchers, commissioners and industry. 

The NIHR has awarded £14 million over five years to 11 MICs across England.

Key phrases (D)

11 MICs

£14 million funding

Develop new medical technologies and provide evidence on commercially-supplied in vitro diagnostics

 

Patient Safety Translational Research Centres (PSTRCs)

 Type of information Required text
Relationship statement (A) The NIHR [NAME] Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC) is part of the NIHR and hosted by [HOST TRUST NAME] in partnership with [PARTNER UNI NAME].
Description (C)

NIHR PSTRCs are partnerships between universities and NHS trusts to support patient safety research. The centres aim to bring patient safety discoveries to NHS frontline services.

The NIHR has awarded £17 million over five years to three centres across England.

Key phrases (D)

Three PSTRCs

£17 million funding

Bring patient safety discoveries to NHS frontline services

 

 Policy Research Units (PRUs)

 Type of informationRequired text 
Relationship statement (A) The NIHR [NAME] Policy Research Unit (PRUs) is part of the NIHR and hosted by [PARTNER UNI NAME].
Description (C)

NIHR PRUs are composed of experts and researchers who undertake health and social care policy research to inform policy decision makers.

The NIHR has awarded £75 million over five years to 15 PRUs across England that provide evidence to respond to new and emerging policy needs.

Key phrases (D)

15 PRUs
£75 million funding
Health and social care policy research to inform policy decision makers

 
Research Design Service (RDS) 

 Type of informationRequired text 
Relationship statement (A) The NIHR [NAME] Research Design Service is part of the NIHR and hosted by [UNI NAME].
Description (C)

The NIHR RDS is a free and confidential service to assist researchers in applying for funding. 

There are 10 NIHR RDS centres across England that provide guidance on research design, writing competitive applications and public involvement.

Key phrases (D)

10 centres

Free and confidential service

Guidance on writing competitive funding applications

 

Research Schools 

 Type of informationRequired text 
Relationship statement (A) The NIHR School in [NAME] is part of the NIHR and hosted by [UNI NAME].
Description (C)

NIHR SPCR is a partnership between nine leading academic centres for primary care research in England. The school brings together academics and practitioners to collaborate on primary care studies.

NIHR SPHR is a partnership between eight leading academic centres in applied public health research in England. The school supports research to improve the health of the population, which can aid policymakers and practitioners.

NIHR SSCR is a partnership between seven universities conducting research in adult social care  in England. The school aims to develop the evidence base to inform and improve adult social care practice in England.

Key phrases (D) Partnership between leading academic centres

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