The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has funded thirteen Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) to carry out world-class applied health research focused on the needs of patients and to translate research evidence into practice in the NHS. The CLAHRCs are funded from January 2014 to December 2018 and are part of the NIHR Infrastructure.

The CLAHRC Partnership Programme supports the work of the NIHR CLAHRCs, facilitating knowledge exchange between CLAHRCs, with research and innovation infrastructure and with the wider NHS.

Name of CLAHRC Host Organisation
 NIHR CLAHRC East of England Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
 NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
 NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
 NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Bart’s Health NHS Trust
 NIHR CLAHRC North West Coast NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group
 NIHR CLAHRC North West London Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
 NIHR CLAHRC Oxford Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
 NIHR CLAHRC South London King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
 NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
 NIHR CLAHRC Wessex University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
 NIHR CLAHRC West University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
 NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
 NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The aims of the NIHR CLAHRCs are to:
  • develop and conduct applied health research relevant across the NHS, and to translate research findings into improved outcomes for patients
  • create a distributed model for the conduct and application of applied health research that links those who conduct applied health research with all those who use it in practice across the health community
  • create and embed approaches to research and its dissemination that are specifically designed to take account of the way that health care is delivered across the local AHSN
  • increase the country’s capacity to conduct high quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients, and particularly research targeted at chronic disease and public health interventions
  • improve patient outcomes locally and across the wider NHS
  • contribute to the country’s growth by working with the life sciences industry.