NIHR | Manchester 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

194 NIHR Investigators

World-class researchers

NIHR Associates

217 NIHR Associates

Multi-disciplinary team to support our research

PHD Trainees

40 PhD Trainees

The next generation of researchers

Our Research

Since 2017, we have delivered 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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2,052 Research publications

67,763 Participants recruited

272 Research projects

13 Clinical Trials

66 Analysis based projects

37 Device projects

24 Intervention projects

57 Tissue sample projects

48 Basic science projects

27 Methodology and other research projects


Manchester BRC has long-standing experience of delivering collaborative commercial work. Key commercial partnerships support our goal of improving people’s health through experimental research. Since 2017...

Strategic partnerships

We have formed 110 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

We have worked with 76 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 and public involvement and engagement (PPIE)

We work with people, patients, and research participants, through a range of activities to inform, discuss, listen, and make decisions about our research. Since 2017...

Public Engagement Activities

855 patients, family, carers, and members of the public have actively contributed to our research programmes.