What we do

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Yorkshire and Humber is hosted within Bradford Institute for Health Research at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

We have four research themes aligned to regional and national priorities: Urgent Care, Older People, Healthy Families and Mental Health.

Please watch our video below to find out more.

What is an ARC?

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems.

Each NIHR ARC is made up of local providers of NHS services, local providers of care services, NHS commissioners, local authorities, universities, private companies and charities. These collaborations work together to conduct high quality, generalisable, applied health and care research that addresses the specific health or care issues in their region. NIHR ARCs also act to close the second translational gap and increase the rate at which research findings are implemented into practice.

The 15 ARCs work collaboratively to address national research priorities, with individual ARCs providing national leadership in their areas of expertise.


The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is the nation’s largest funder of health and care research. It provides the people, facilities and technology to enable research to thrive.

NIHR’s mission is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR was established in 2006 and is primarily funded by the Department of Health and Social Care.

We will:

Catalyse world leading applied health and social care research, to advance knowledge and support change relevant to local needs.
Develop innovative methods for applied health research for evaluation, addressing equity impact of innovation and value for money
Engage with policy makers, health & social care commissioners to develop the research agenda and translate findings to improve services, outcomes, and reduce inequalities.
Co-produce the development and translation of research with practitioners and public
Encourage high quality regional research collaborations and between ARCs nationally
Build research capacity in service delivery and university sectors

10 Key Characteristics of our Work


We promote cross discipline, profession/sector working to extract value across professions disciplines and services, and developing pan-Yorkshire and Humber strengths.

User Engagement

We engage effectively with the public and service users to promote genuine community and patient co-production of research and delivery of impact.

Data linkage

We develop learning health and care systems using routine data collection and linkage across primary, secondary and community care, education and social services.

Capacity building

We aim to inspire and train the next generation of researchers, harnessing local creativity and involving staff to develop and test new approaches.

Policy and Practice Focus

We involve staff providing services to address relevant questions, promote findings and realise impact. This will be supported by the Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Academy.

Reducing inequalities

We are supported by experts in the cross-cutting Health Economics, Evaluation and Equality theme to consider how our research can reduce health inequalities.

Power of population

We use our world-leading cohorts, involving more than 100,000 active participants, to develop and test interventions.

Distributed and flexible

Our approach is non-bureaucratic, channelling resource into research, implementation and capacity development.

A system-wide approach

We engage with health and social policy organisations which reflect service users’ journeys through age, place and organisation, and which influence levels and distribution of health and wellbeing.

Good governance

We have strong internal strategic and operational management at all levels. A Partnership Strategy Board, representing stakeholders and an International Advisory Board assures the relevance and quality of research.