About us

The BIHR was established in 2007 as a unique research partnership between the primary and secondary care NHS Trusts in Bradford and Airedale and the universities of Bradford, Leeds and York. There is a real passion and commitment from the partners of the BIHR to harnessing the potential for expanding research in Bradford and establish the Bradford NHS community as a national leader in applied health research.

During 2007-12 researchers in Bradford were successful in winning major National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) applied programme grants worth over £14 million.

The Institute provides a physical centre for academic and research staff employed by the Trust and the Universities of Leeds, Bradford and York and houses a number of these staff. In addition it provides the following facilities for health care professionals in the Trusts:

Purpose-designed clinical research facility for all patients involved in commercial and non-commercial clinical trials, supported by high calibre, dedicated research nurses.

A hub for all clinical researchers in Bradford across all disciplines. Formal meeting rooms for research training and research meetings and seminars A Research Support Unit for supporting grant development for clinical staff with new ideas.

Due to the success of the BIHR in obtaining research grant funding, the BIHR was expanded in 2010 to accommodate the BIHR’s growing research workforce along with accommodation for some of its key research partners.


To improve health and services through high quality collaborative research that is locally and nationally relevant and internationally significant; and the application of knowledge for the benefit of society.


To create a health research and knowledge translation system in which partners support outstanding individuals and teams who are working in good facilities, conducting important leading edge applied health research, focussing on the needs of patients and the public and engaging in efforts to apply this knowledge, and to inform the public, policy and practice.

Building on its success to date, the BIHR developed a new five year strategy in 2013. The strategy focuses on:

  • Goal 1: To continue to conduct high quality applied research in our areas of strength and expand these to new areas of need
  • Goal 2: To support and develop new and existing researchers across the Bradford research community
  • Goal 3: To ensure our research will translate into benefits for society
  • Goal 4: To provide an opportunity for local people to share the benefits of participation and involvement in the cutting edge of healthcare research
  • Goal 5: To Improve the Institute's communication with its various audiences
  • Goal 6: To strengthen the governance and management arrangements that promote sustainability and the smooth running of the Institute

Further information can be obtained in the strategy which can be downloaded here.

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