The Royal College of Anaesthetists supports the development of high quality research in the NHS and works collaboratively, through the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia to enhance research activity by raising awareness of the challenges, enhancing the quality of planned projects and funding research activities within its own resources.

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) is one of the four founding partners of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA).

The NIAA was established in 2008 by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland and the journals Anaesthesia and the British Journal of Anaesthesia. The research strategies of the RCoA and BJA (who jointly fund a number of awards through the NIAA) can be found below.

These four bodies work in partnership with a number of specialist society funding partners to improve patient care by supporting and promoting research in anaesthesia.

The Health Services Research Centre was launched in 2011 with the aim of being a hub for world-class anaesthesia research (including peri-operative, pain related and sub-specialty research). The HSRC now has responsibility for the National Audit Projects (NAPs) and oversees the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit on behalf of the RCoA.

Information on the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia and the Health Services Research Centre
Details of current RCoA & NIAA grant opportunities, information on iBSc and grants awarded
Details of the NAPs to date
Audit of the quality of care of patients undergoing an Emergency Laparotomy
Upcoming research events at the College
Research Strategies of the RCoA and BJA
Practical support for researchers to help make clinical studies happen in the NHS
Surveys relevant to anaesthetists and their practice