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Press releases must include the 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 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) 


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation's largest funder of health and care research. The NIHR:
  • Funds, supports and delivers high quality research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care
  • Engages and involves patients, carers and the public in order to improve the reach, quality and impact of research
  • Attracts, trains and supports the best researchers to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future
  • Invests in world-class infrastructure and a skilled delivery workforce to translate discoveries into improved treatments and services
  • Partners with other public funders, charities and industry to maximise the value of research to patients and the economy
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 the NIHR website