|HIV and AIDS (£ million)|
In addition, the Department supports research on HIV and AIDS through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN). Spend on these topics cannot be disaggregated from total CRN expenditure.
Expenditure in 2012-13 on research on HIV and AIDS depends on the volume and quality of scientific activity. The usual practice of the NIHR is not to ring-fence funds for expenditure on particular topics: research proposals in all areas compete for the funding available. The NIHR welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including HIV and AIDS. 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.