University of Nottingham

 Key strategies and health data

To support grant writing, we have collated some of the key strategies that can be used to help provide evidence of the need for your research and development project

UKRI and NIHR priorities and strategies      




MRC research strategy 2016-2020

Overview of themes: 

  • Prevention and early detection
  • Precision medicine
  • Multimorbidities
  • Advanced therapies
  • Mental health
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Global health

Cross council vision for food, nutrition and health research

BBSRC, ESRC and MRC joint vision


NIHR research priorities

"These themed call topics remain ongoing research priorities for all NIHR programmes"

  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Dementia
  • Medicinal cannabis
  • Obesity
  • Primary care
  • Mental health
  • Chronic pain
  • Complex health and care needs in older people
  • Frailty
  • Long term conditions in children
  • Multimorbidities in older people
  • Brain tumours
  • Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care


UK Government and health agency priorities

Accelerated access review

Recommendations to speed up access to innovative healthcare and technologies, to improve efficiency and outcomes for NHS patients

Final report -2016

Government response - 2017


Industrial Strategy

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

An overview of the government's challenge to develop and manufacture new medicines and digital health products and technologies.

Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges - update September 2019

  • Artificial intelligence and data
  • Ageing society
  • Clean growth
  • Future of mobility

NHS England and devolved health agencies

NHS England Long Term Plan - Published January 2019

NHS England Mental Health Implementation Plan 2019/20

Public Health Scotland - A Fairer Healthier Scotland 2017-2022

Public Health Wales - Priorities 

Public Health Agency - Northern Ireland

Skills strategy

Topol Review: Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future - February 2019 - NHS Health Education England

Science Industry Partnership Skills strategy 2030 for the life sciences sector

Other strategies

Facts and Figures

Office for National Statistics - health and social care statistics

Office for Life Sciences Strength and Opportunity database and analysis

The landscape of the medical technology and biopharmaceutical sectors in the UK - last updated October 2018

Health and Safety Executive - Health and safety statistics 2018/29

World Health Organisation data