The spending review confirmed that the department will increase spending on health research in real terms. The department is fully committed to clinical and applied research into treatment and cures for cancer. The department's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) welcomes applications for support into any aspect of human health, including prostate cancer. These applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the scientific quality of the proposals made. In all disease areas, the amount of NIHR funding depends on the volume and quality of scientific activity.
The NIHR clinical research network is currently providing National Health Service research infrastructure support to 47 studies in prostate cancer.