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About the National Institute for Health Research
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation’s largest funder of health and care research.


  • funds, supports and delivers high quality research that benefits the NHS, public health
  • and social care
  • engages and involves patients, carers and the public in order to improve the reach,
  • quality and impact of research
  • attracts, trains and supports the best researchers to tackle the complex health and
  • care challenges of the future
  • invests in world-class infrastructure and a skilled delivery workforce to translate
  • discoveries into improved treatments and services
  • partners with other public funders, charities and industry to maximise the value of
  • research to patients and the economy.

The NIHR was established in 2006 to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research and is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. In addition to its national role, the NIHR commissions applied health research to benefit the poorest people in low- and middle-income countries, using Official Development Assistance funding.

About UK Research and Innovation
UK Research and Innovation is the largest public funder of research and development in the UK. We are composed of seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

Our work spans multiple research disciplines – medical, economic, social, arts, humanities, biological, environmental and global – as well as helping innovative businesses survive and thrive through these tough times. We’ve supported the people and projects behind major breakthroughs, including the Oxford University and AstraZeneca vaccine and the first treatments for COVID. We’re also a key contributor to the transformation of vaccine manufacturing in the UK.

About the Bristol UNCOVER group
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, researchers at the University of Bristol formed the Bristol COVID Emergency Research (UNCOVER) Group to pool resources, capacities, and research efforts to combat this infection.

Bristol UNCOVER includes clinicians, immunologists, virologists, synthetic biologists, aerosol scientists, epidemiologists and mathematical modellers and has links to behavioural and social scientists, ethicists and lawyers and is supported by a large number of junior academic and administrative colleagues.

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For more information about the University of Bristol’s coronavirus (COVID-19) research priorities visit:

Support our COVID-19 research
Bristol’s researchers are part of a global network of scientists responding urgently to the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

Find out how you can support their critical work.

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