About Research for the Future

We are an NIHR CRN (National Institute for Health and Care Research Clinical Research Network) initiative to help recruit people to take part in health and care research using a ‘consent for approach’ model.

Since the programme was established in 2011*:

  • Over 16,500 people have registered their details and consented to be approached about future research opportunities
  • We have supported more than 300 studies to recruit to a range of research opportunities, including clinical trials, observational studies and engagement opportunities such as focus groups and advisory panels
  • We have been recognised with a number of awards and commendations and have been invited to present to organisations including the NIHR, Quality in Care and Google
  • Feedback from research teams has been overwhelmingly positive with a variety of journals and other publications acknowledging the contribution we have made to recruitment.

* Figures correct at September 2023

Why is health research important?

Research to find better care and treatment has always been at the heart of the NHS.  By carrying out research into what works we are able to discover the best ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses.  It also allows the NHS to improve services and focus resources where they are most effective.

The medicines and treatments we use today are only available thanks to people volunteering to take part in research studies in the past.

What does Research for the Future do?

Research for the Future helps people find out about and take part in health research and helps research teams find the right people to take part in their studies.

We help recruit to a wide range of research involvement and engagement opportunities including grant applications, clinical trials and other PPIE (patient and public involvement and engagement) opportunities.

Anyone can register with Research for the Future as long as they live in England and are age 18 or over. Registering means we will inform you about research opportunities you may wish to take part in.

We welcome everyone to register with Research for the Future, whether they have a health condition or not. We offer research opportunities across all health conditions as well for healthy volunteers.

We have five areas of particular interest, our ‘Help BEAT’ campaigns. We regularly have research opportunities in these areas. Current campaigns include:

  • Help BEAT Diabetes for people who have diabetes or have been told they are at risk of developing it (non-diabetic hyperglycaemia)
  • Help BEAT Heart Disease for people with conditions such as heart failure, angina and atrial fibrillation
  • Help BEAT Kidney Disease for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), are on dialysis or have had a kidney transplant
  • Help BEAT Respiratory Disease for people with conditions such as COPD, asthma and bronchiectasis
  • Help BEAT Coronavirus for everyone that wants to help the NHS find new treatments and care for COVID-19 infection and long-COVID.

Research for the Future works collaboratively with several NHS partners across the north-west including, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire, South Cumbria and north-west England.


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There are many different types of research, such as trials of new treatments and surveys aiming to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers.

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