NIHR Leadership Support and Development Programme

The NIHR Leadership Support and Development Programme aims to improve the quality of research leadership in clinical and applied health and social care research.

The programme focuses on leadership development that contributes to research performance and to the strategic priorities of the NIHR. The programme supports NIHR Leaders and Faculty Members, senior NIHR managers and NHS R&D Directors and Managers, who support the aims of NIHR through their vital role in supporting and enabling research in the NHS.


The NIHR Leadership programme offers benefits to:

  • NIHR Leaders and Trainees, members of the NIHR Faculty and senior NIHR managers – to support and help them to be more effective in their challenging roles

  • The NHS R&D community - to help them facilitate high quality research

  • Patients and public – who gain from research-active and research-aware institutions, leading to better patient care and outcomes.

The programme has five work streams:

  • NIHR Leaders
  • NIHR Trainees
  • NHS R&D Directors and Managers
  • NIHR Strategic Collaborations
  • NIHR Leaders Community

Please note: All places for cohorts for the Leadership Programme 2015-2018 have now been filled. If you have any queries, please contact the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre on 0113 346 6260.

Please find out all about the programme here:



Two independent evaluations of the NIHR Leadership Programme have been carried out by RAND Europe since the programme began. The first, in 2012, determined that the programme had made a very positive impact on participants and should be continued. The second, issued in 2015, highlighted the value of the programme at the individual, institutional and NIHR-wide levels and proposed improvements that are being incorporated into the new programme.

In addition the NHS R&D Managers element of the programme was awarded a Gold Award at the 2015 European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Excellence in Practice Awards.