The Government is investing £135 million to research the biggest health challenges over the next five years, including dementia, obesity and mental health.

The NHS is partnering with universities, innovators and local authorities and is awarding funding through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to 15 partnerships.

  • These each have ground-breaking new projects aiming to address the increasing demands on the NHS and give patients greater independence and choice about how they manage their healthcare.

Next generation of technologies to offer world-leading care

Health Minister Nicola Blackwood said: "As the population grows and demand on the NHS increases, it is paramount we develop the next generation of technologies and improve the way we work to ensure the NHS continues to offer world-leading care.

"The UK has a proud history of cutting-edge health research and, by supporting the great minds in health and social care, this funding has the potential to unlock solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing healthcare and revolutionise the way patients access treatments in the future."

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care, said: "The unique local collective approach at each applied research collaboration will support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local patients, and local health and care systems.

"The network will also be able to tackle health priorities at a national level. The 15 new applied research collaborations will ensure that we grow applied health and care research in every region in England."