The NIHR and Open Access

The NIHR supports the principle of open access to the outputs of research, which can offer both social and economic benefits as well as aiding the development of new research and stimulating wider economic growth of the UK economy.

The NIHR is also committed to adding value in research, which ensures publishing research results in full in an accessible and unbiased report.

Read more on the NIHR open access policy (updated 11/11/2021).

The NIHR identity

Download the local NIHR Cambridge BRC branding guidelines. 

  1. For promotional materials (e.g. presentations) use your host institution’s templates. This will ensure you use their logo correctly.
    1. You may wish to include the logos of other organisations that have supported your research. These should all be the same size regardless of the value of their support. Where possible the NIHR organisation that has supported your research should go on the top left-hand side (but only if it is a leading partner). If more than one NIHR organisation has supported your research you should use the NIHR logo only and then refer to the individual parts (e.g. NIHR Cambridge BRC and NIHR Cambridge CRF) in your body copy.
    2. The ‘Funded by’ logo has the wording ‘Funded by’ above the logo and is for use on research outputs funded through a research programme or career development award
    3. The ‘Supported by’ logo has the wording ‘Supported by’ above the NIHR logo and is for users of study support or research facilities
    4. NEVER stretch, manipulate or change the colour of any NIHR logo. The logos are available in full colour, black and white and transparent formats and should fit all your requirements. For more advice and to download the logos for web and print please contact the BRC comms team.

Templates for NIHR staff only:

If you represent the NIHR, did you know there are templates available that you can use for your posters, banners, presentations and reports?

If the material you are producing represents a collaboration between two or more NIHR organisations (e.g. NIHR Cambridge BRC and NIHR Cambridge CRF) you should use templates with the NIHR logo only and then refer to the individual parts of the NIHR in your body copy.

Please contact the BRC comms team to find out more, and also for links to download NIHR logos and brand identity guidelines.


Please contact your organisation’s communications department for the required consent forms or contact

The participant must also receive a copy for their records so they know who to get in touch with if they wish to withdraw their consent.

Creating accessible documents

The NIHR Cambridge BRC has put together a guide on how to create documents that comply with accessibility requirements.

This contains information relevant to all researchers on how to make your documents accessible.

For NIHR staff there are also templates which you can download and adapt for your organisations.

Press releases

Your press release must include an acknowledgement of NIHR support, notes to editors and a disclaimer. See below for example wording.

NIHR Cambridge BRC Acknowledgement

If the NIHR Cambridge BRC has supported a research project, it should be named in the first or second paragraph of a press release and spelt out in full at the first mention (after which abbreviations may be used, eg:

      1. “Researchers supported by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) have…” or
      2. “National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)-funded researchers at…”

Notes to editors:

Notes to editors are included after the press release and provide information that may be of relevance/interest to journalists.

Please cut and paste the following:
    • About the National Institute for Health and Care Research The mission of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. We do this by:

      • Funding high quality, timely research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care;
      • Investing in world-class expertise, facilities and a skilled delivery workforce to translate discoveries into improved treatments and services;
      • Partnering with patients, service users, carers and communities, improving the relevance, quality and impact of our research;
      • Attracting, training and supporting the best researchers to tackle complex health and social care challenges;
      • Collaborating with other public funders, charities and industry to help shape a cohesive and globally competitive research system;
      • Funding applied global health research and training to meet the needs of the poorest people in low and middle income countries.

      NIHR is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. Its work in low and middle income countries is principally funded through UK Aid from the UK government.

    • About the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre Based within the most outstanding NHS and University partnerships in the country, the Biomedical Research Centres are leaders in scientific translation. They receive substantial levels of funding from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to translate fundamental biomedical research into clinical research that benefits patients and they are early adopters of new insights in technologies, techniques and treatments for improving health.


Always include the following:

    • The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

Patient data use:

If you have used patient data in your research, you must also include in your Notes to editors a statement on patient data use:

    • This work uses data provided by patients and collected by the NHS as part of their care and support and would not have been possible without access to this data. The NIHR recognises and values the role of patient data, securely accessed and stored, both in underpinning and leading to improvements in research and care.


If a research paper or report is the subject of the press release, a copy of the research paper/ report must be included, as well as suitable images.

If you are representing an NHS Trust or university check their templates for example wording on what to include for their respective organisations in Notes to Editors.