About the NIHR and ARCs

We are funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). The NIHR funds, enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people's health and wellbeing and promotes economic growth.

ARC East of England 

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England is one of 15 ARCs across England. We are part of the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) and hosted by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. ARC East of England is in partnership with four higher education institutions: University of Cambridge, University of East Anglia, University of Essex, University of Hertfordshire.

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.

Our region


The broad areas that we work across in the East of England comprise of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Norfolk and Waveney, Suffolk and north east Essex, mid and south Essex, Hertfordshire and the eastern border of Bedfordshire. We also support work outside of these areas by working collaboratively with our neighbouring ARCs to ensure ICS footprints are supported.

About ARCs

NIHR ARCs are regional collaborations between organisations that undertake applied health and care research. The NIHR has awarded £135 million over five years to 15 ARCs across England. ARCs support applied health and care research that responds to the needs of local populations and health and care systems.

Each NIHR ARC is made up of local providers of NHS and 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” between new evidence and getting it into clinical practice. They aim to 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


Other ARC websites

About the NIHR

NIHR’s mission is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. NIHR is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. Its work in low and middle income countries is principally funded through UK Aid from the UK government.

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.