This additional funding follows the success of the NIHR-funded projects in the past. Photo: iStock

The government has announced £135 million funding to tackle the biggest challenges in health and social care over the next five years.

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

Each of these partnerships has ground-breaking new projects that could transform the lives of millions of people living with a range of conditions including dementia, mental health and obesity.

“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,” said Health Minister Nicola Blackwood.

The additional funding follows successful projects funded by NIHR in the past, including research which led to the Long Term Plan commitment of every woman receiving care from the same midwife during pregnancy, birth and postnatally by 2021.

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care said: “The unique local collective approach at each NIHR 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.”