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NIHR (National Institute for Health Research)

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The NIHR commissions and funds NHS, social care and public health research essential for delivering responsibilities in public, health and personal social services. Its role is to develop the research evidence to support decision making by professionals, policy makers and patients, make this evidence available, and encourage its uptake and use.

Its key objective is to improve the quality, relevance, and focus of research in the NHS and social care by distributing funds in a transparent way after open competition and peer review; and it is committed to the principle that those who receive research funding should take responsibility for the duration, management, and exploitation of their digital outputs.‌


  • The NIHR does not currently have a specific policy on research data or data sharing but does have an open access policy, which includes reference to research data.

Expectations of particular note

  • NIHR encourages initiatives that increase the potential for quality research to be widely disseminated and freely accessed.
  • All NIHR researchers are required to prepare and submit to the NIHR a statement on how underlying research materials, such as data, samples or models, can be accessed.
  • NIHR does not require that the data must be made open.

Data accessibility statement

  • NIHR requires researchers to prepare and submit to the NIHR a statement on how underlying research materials, such as data, samples or models, can be accessed.
  • It is advised to create a DMP early in order to inform the IRAS submission and for ongoing support of the conduct of research.

If you receive an excellent overall assessment for your statement, we would appreciate if you could share it with the Research Data Management team as a good example of a NIHR statement for use within the University. We will fully acknowledge your permission to share, and access will be restricted to University users.


We can help you understand and meet the NIHR requirements on research data, from writing the statement on research material accessibility. Simply contact us at any time, or come and see us during our open office hours, every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm.    

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