Our main funder is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The NIHR is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. The NIHR plays a key role in the Government's strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for health research. Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of excellence and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. For further information, visit the NIHR website (www.nihr.ac.uk).
The NIHR acknowledges the contributions made by the following partners who support the production and maintenance of systematic reviews: Depart of Health (Northern Ireland); the Health Research Board, Ireland; Health and Care Research Wales; the Scottish Government, Health Directorates.
We have established an affiliation & partnership with the James Lind Alliance which promotes research priority setting partnerships of patients, carers and clinicians. The Priority Setting Partnerships are co-ordinated by NIHR Evaluation Trials and Studies Co-ordinating Centre (NETSCC). The main aim of the partnership, is to improve engagement with young people through Students 4 Best Evidence and Testing Treatments Interactive (English).
We support Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) through our Engagement Programme. S4BE is an global community for students interested in learning more about evidence-based health care.
We are also partners with Health Information For All (HIFA). HIFA's vision is "a world where every person and every health worker will have access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible."
We are now partners with MediWikis, a collaborative platform for students to share and update medical study notes. It is built on the same platform as Wikipedia, so that students can share and contribute to the knowledge bank as well as searching through it. Cochrane UK will share the latest Cochrane evidence with the community.