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PRESS RELEASES

Press releases must include the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)'s boilerplate (see below). They do not need to include the NIHR acknowledgement or disclaimer.

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 Programme 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
  • Press releases must acknowledge NIHR funding or support for the research by naming and linking to the NIHR, ideally in the first or second paragraph of the body of the press release.

    Examples:

    • Researchers funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)
    • Research funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)
    • Researchers at the University of Bristol funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)
    • NIHR research(ers) at the University of Leeds...'
    • An NIHR study 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) 

Boilerplate

STARTS

The mission of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (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;
  • Funding applied global health research and training to meet the needs of the poorest people in low and middle income countries.

NIHR is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. Its work in low and middle income countries is principally funded through UK Aid from the UK government.

ENDS

You may also wish to include in the notes to editors additional information about the specific NIHR programme or training scheme that the press release relates to.

For the EME Programme, please also add the MRC's boilerplate in the notes to editors section of your press release.

Please also use the following patient data citation after the NIHR boilerplate in press releases on research that uses patient data in any form: 

The NIHR was established in 2006 to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research, and is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. In addition to its national role, the NIHR commissions applied health research to benefit the poorest people in low- and middle-income countries, using Official Development Assistance funding. 

 

For further information, visit www.nihr.ac.uk