The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. It is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation. Together, NIHR people, facilities and systems represent the most integrated clinical research system in the world, driving research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy.

Since its establishment, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research.

LIDA is hosting the NIHR Specialty Cluster for Cancer, Surgery and Oral & Dental Health, which is part of the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network and provides the national clinical academic leadership for these three specialties.  The Specialty Cluster is responsible for engaging with key stakeholders and customers as well as strategic planning and performance oversight.  The Specialty Cluster also leads on two areas of emerging technology and innovation: Medical Informatics & Data Linkage and The Infusion of Medicine into the Physical, Engineering and Computational Domains.