About Us


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


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.


The NIHR ARC Greater Manchester is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the NIHR to improve the health and care of patients and the public.


ARC-GM will be part of Health Innovation Manchester, our research activity will be pivotal in finding new and better ways of preventing illness and delivering care, ensuring that Greater Manchester continues to be at the leading edge of health innovation, care and treatment.


We will deliver excellent research that addresses key challenges, while supporting professionals to translate this into practice. We will work with our partners to translate their priorities into answerable research questions, ensuring that our jointly-produced research is relevant, useful and applicable to local service needs and affects policy and practice within GM and beyond.



About ARCs


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.


Find out more about ARCs and the ARC Themes of work.



About the NIHR


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.


Working in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public, the NIHR delivers and enables world-class research that transforms people’s lives, promotes economic growth and advances science.


Find out more about the NIHR


Director: Nicky Cullum                                         

Deputy Director: Matt Sutton                                   

Head of ARC-GM Operations: Sue Wood