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Below is a summary of the NIHR's comprehensive identity guidelines and guidance for trainees: Essential information for communicating your research.

All research funded by the School, AND/or trainees who receive SPCR funding should follow these guidelines:

Outputs from projects or trainees (publications, presentations, press releases and patient leaflets) funded by the SPCR are to include the NIHR funding acknowledgement & disclaimer and sent to the SPCR Communications Officer two weeks prior to expected date of publication or presentation. The output will be approved by the NIHR and a record kept for future reference and/or any open access claims.

Patient recruitment

For patient-recruitment materials to trials (websites, posters, consent forms) – include the funding statement and disclaimer. Branding and templates of the NHS Trust should be used. The NIHR stamp should be used on the bottom righthand corner of the last page – alongside the funding statement and disclaimer.

For materials and summaries to patients (printed and digital) explaining NIHR-funded research (they may be giving advice to the public on what to do, based on research findings) – include the NIHR stamp and the template of the award-holding institution. 


All presentations and publications must acknowledge NIHR funding with the Funding acknowledgement & disclaimer. A copy of the manuscript should be deposited with EuropePubMed Central upon acceptance for publication, to be made freely available as soon as possible and in any event within six months of the journal publisher's official date of publication. More about open access is provided below.

Individuals funded by the School must acknowledge this with: "[name of researcher] is funded by the National Institute of Health Research School for Primary Care Research (and include other funder) [name of award].


If you are presenting work that is solely funded by the NIHR SPCR, please use the correct templates provided below.

Powerpoint presentations from research part-funded by the School are to include the funding acknowledgement & disclaimer on the last slide of the presentation. The NIHR stamp should be included on the first slide in the bottom right hand corner.

Poster presentations from research part-funded by the School are to include the funding acknowledgement and disclaimer at the bottom of the poster, and the NIHR stamp on the bottom right hand side of the poster.

Powerpoint presentation template 

A1 Landscape poster template

A0 Portrait poster template



Press releases must be approved by the NIHR at least 14 days prior to the date of issue.

Please send the draft press releases to the Communications Officer to forward to the NIHR and Department of Health.

Press release checklist:

  • note that the NIHR Identity Guidelines specify 28 days notification of a press release and sight of a draft copy 14 days before it is due to go out
  • make early mention of the NIHR funding or support e.g.“researchers funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research arm of the NHS, at ....”, or “NIHR-funded”, or “NIHR-supported researchers at....” 
  • if ‘NIHR’ is used alone early on in a press release, include the name of the relevant NIHR programme or facility later in the release or in the notes to editors
  • attach a copy of the research paper/report if this is the subject of the release (or arranged to be submitted) 
  • include actual or estimated issue date
  • include the NIHR boilerplate (below) 

Notes for editors

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): improving the health and wealth of the nation through research.

Established by the Department of Health, the NIHR:

  • funds high quality research to improve health
  • trains and supports health researchers
  • provides world-class research facilities
  • works with the life sciences industry and charities to benefit all
  • involves patients and the public at every step

For further information, visit the NIHR website


Open Access articles are peer reviewed in the normal way and made freely available immediately upon publication. 

DH and NIHR require that NIHR-funded researchers publish their research outputs in a peer reviewed journal that is compliant with the policy on Open Access. Where NIHR funds are used to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) it is expected that the publication should be published in a journal that makes the output  available using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence, and allows immediate deposit of the final published version in other repositories without restriction on re-use.

The SPCR will pay for one main research article that should go fully ‘gold’ open once the paper has gone through the correct approval channels (noted below). The NIHR policy also requires deposit of full-text in Europe PMC within 6 months of publication.