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National leadership areas

Each NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) undertakes research in a number of areas of need, such as dementia, long-term conditions and public health.

The ARCs also work together on a number of national leadership areas, led by specific ARCs.

These collaborations of ARCs drive progress in applied health research and implementation science in areas of national priority for the health and care system, to bring benefits to patients faster.

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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.

These 15 local partnerships between NHS providers, universities, charities, local authorities, Academic Health Science Networks and other organisations also undertake implementation research to increase the rate at which research findings are implemented into practice.

The ARCs, announced in July 2019,  aim to improve outcomes for patients and the public; improve the quality, delivery and efficiency of health and care services; and increase the sustainability of the health and care system both locally and nationally.

The ARCs undertake research on a number of areas of need highlighted by the NIHR Futures of Health report, including: the challenges of an ageing society; multimorbidity; and the increasing demands placed on our health and care system.

The £135 million five-year funding also aims to deliver national-level impact through significant collaboration between the ARCs, with individual ARCs providing national leadership within their fields of expertise.

Map of England showing ARC sites