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What is Be Part of Research?

Be Part of Research is a UK-wide service, run by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), in collaboration with the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

The NIHR and the Be Part of Research service are funded by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

The mission of the NIHR is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.
We do this by:

  • Funding high quality, timely research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care
  • Investing in world-class expertise, facilities and a skilled delivery workforce to translate discoveries into improved treatments and services
  • Partnering with patients, service users, carers and communities, improving the relevance, quality and impact of our research
  • Attracting, training and supporting the best researchers to tackle complex health and social care challenges
  • Collaborating with other public funders, charities and industry to help shape a cohesive and globally competitive research system

Be Part of Research is an online service that makes it easy for you to find and take part in health and care research. The service helps people understand what research is, what it might mean to take part, as well as showing what research is currently happening across the UK.

Through Be Part of Research, you can search for trials and studies taking place for health conditions you are interested in, at locations that are easy for you to get to.

You can also sign-up for a free Be Part of Research account and choose the areas of health and care research that you are interested in taking part in. You will then be matched to suitable studies and sent information on how to take part.

The site helps people across the UK make informed choices about taking part in health and social care research - ensuring everyone has the opportunity to get involved, if they want to.

Information about studies

Study data on this site is refreshed weekly and comes directly from two databases:


Our latest research news feed is provided by:

  • NIHR Alerts: Provides a plain English summary of the latest important research from the NIHR

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    Be sure to follow us on social media to get all the latest from Be Part of Research and the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). 

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    Press inquiries

    Press enquiries

    If you are a journalist and have questions about Be Part of Research, please contact the NIHR press office.

    You can contact the NIHR press office via email or phone: 


    Phone: 020 4587 7470

    Help with this site

    If you have any questions about this website, our team will be happy to help.  You can also email us

    Please note that we are unable to answer questions relating to your suitability for a specific study, and recommend you talk to the study team directly. Their contact details should be available on the information page for the individual study.