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Over £96m awarded to NHS for cutting-edge research equipment

By June 30, 2023No Comments

The NIHR has awarded more than £96 million to 93 NHS organisations across England. The funding will pay for new research equipment and technology. Around £20 million is going to smaller, regional NHS Trusts.

This funding will boost research and innovation across the NHS. New equipment and technology will help find new ways to prevent and treat diseases. The funding will be used for a range of innovative equipment, including mobile research vehicles, ultrasound equipment, and specialist fridges and freezers that are essential for storing samples used in research.

This funding call will be the first of a series that will fund equipment and technology for research. The aim is to improve access to cutting-edge clinical trials for patients.

The 93 organisations awarded funding are all part of the NIHR’s wider infrastructure. This includes Biomedical Research Centres and Clinical Research Facilities, as well as NIHR’s Clinical Research Network.

The new funding will also help NHS organisations attract more investment for research.

The investment is focused in areas outside the Greater South-East. More than a fifth of the funding – over £20m – is being invested in smaller, regional Trusts. This will help the NHS to boost its delivery of research in the community and in rural areas.

Professor Lucy Chappell, Chief Executive of the NIHR said:

“The best health and care research requires a number of important elements to come together: world-class researchers, cutting-edge facilities and the generous participation of the public.

“As we celebrate 75 years of our amazing NHS, today’s announcement reminds us that all three elements are firmly in place in this country, and that the UK as a whole remains one of the best places in the world to undertake clinical trials.