New research priorities announced after lessons learned from COVID
Working with partners the NIHR needs to tackle the ingrained injustices that exist in the world of research in terms of who is involved, engaged or participating and also the inequities which exist in the professional research workforce. Best Research for Best Health - NIHR June 2021
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has set out its priorities for the future and identified seven new ‘areas of strategic focus’.
Its report Best Research for Best Health: The Next Chapter highlights areas where the organisation plans to work with greater urgency and in different ways to meet the changing needs of today’s communities.
NIHR says its research will need to become much more integrated across disciplines and better serve the more holistic research questions that it will increasingly be asked to address in the coming years.
The seven areas of strategic focus are:
Dr Louise Wood CBE, Director of Science Research and Evidence at the Department of Health and Social Care and Co-Lead for NIHR, said:
“The NIHR sits at the fulcrum of one of the most developed, expert and exciting health and care research systems in the world. We have much to be proud of, not least our response to the COVID-19 pandemic where research we funded and delivered has saved many lives at home and across the world.
“However, the environment is changing rapidly and there are several areas of health, public health and social care research where we need to accelerate the pace of development.
“These are complex challenges and we will need to work closely with our partners and to harness the talent and energy of people across the whole of NIHR if we are to truly deliver against our mission of improving the health and wealth of the nation through research.” Dr Louise Wood