National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre

funding for translation research

The NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is focused on Phase I and Phase II studies, to deliver progress in innovation and translational biomedical research into NHS practice. We work with the wider Greater Manchester research and innovation infrastructure to drive forward health improvement and create lasting change for all.

We work with a diverse and engaged population of 2.8 million living in Greater Manchester

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Professor Ian Bruce - NIHR Manchester BRC Director
"The NIHR Manchester BRC is the beating heart of the Greater Manchester health research revolution, working to provide individualised care to the people of Greater Manchester and beyond"
Professor Ian Bruce
NIHR Manchester BRC Director

Team Science

We believe in team science - collaborating across different fields and professions to deliver cross-disciplinary science, from clinicians to engineers and project managers to health economists.

The NIHR Manchester BRC is made up of

NIHR Investigators

150 NIHR Investigators

World-class researchers

NIHR Associates

105 NIHR Associates

Multi-disciplinary team to support our research

PHD Trainees

20 PhD Trainees

The next generation of researchers

Our Research

During the past twelve months, we’ve progressed research in musculoskeletal disease, dermatology, hearing health, respiratory and cancer (advanced radiotherapy, early detection and prevention, precision medicine) through the translational pipeline, bringing new tests, treatments and devices one step closer to our patient population.

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516 research publications

3996 Patients recruited

129 research projects

21 Clinical Trials

20 Analysis based projects

12 Device projects

14 Intervention projects

25 Tissue sample projects

21 Basic science projects with human participants

16 Methodology and other research projects


We work with industry partners in a number of ways, including the formations of partnerships.

Strategic partnerships

38 Strategic partnerships

The NIHR Manchester BRC connects the very best pharmaceutical and medtech organisations with our world-leading academics and clinicians to work together on the latest translational research.

Small and medium-sized enterprises worked with

Worked with 37 SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are at the heart of innovation. Our partnerships with SMEs can provide the evidence base needed to turn novel ideas into clinical answers, and look at ways they can be implemented into the NHS.

Patient, carer and public
involvement & engagement

We work with people and patients through a range of activities to inform, discuss, listen and make decisions about our research.

Public Engagement Activities

2,700 people reached through public engagement activities

Active Patients

156 active patient contributors contributing to at 27 research projects

Case studies

Patient and public focus groups support design of UK’s first multi-centre proton therapy trial

Patient and public focus groups support design of UK’s first multi-centre proton therapy trial

This work led to an editorial publication in Clinical Oncology and the methodology being replicated for further proton therapy research.

Establishment of the UK’s only Hearing Device Research Centre

Establishment of the UK’s only Hearing Device Research Centre 

The Hearing Device Research Centre will drive innovation in interventions for hearing loss, by facilitating and accelerating translational into the NHS, a first for the UK.

A Trusted Research Environment for Translational Science

A Trusted Research Environment for Translational Science

The Trusted Research Environment enables researchers to access and analyse health data while protecting confidentiality of staff and patients, and prevents unauthorised users accessing data at any time.