The Royal College of Anaesthetists supports high quality healthcare research

We work collaboratively with our partners to improve patient care by funding, developing and delivering high quality research in anaesthesia and its associated specialties, all across the UK.


The College's research aims are delivered through two key and related organisations:

  • the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA), of which it is one of the four founding partners. The NIAA is a cross-organisational collaborative which runs biannual research grant rounds
  • the RCoA Centre for Research and Improvement (CR&I) launched in 2023 and saw the merging of the existing Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) and the Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (POMCTN). The CR&I is the national centre of excellence for health services research in anaesthesia and associated specialties. Its purpose is to define, evaluate and improve quality in anaesthesia, perioperative care and pain management and to drive the development and delivery of perioperative trials in the UK. The CR&I delivers the College's research projects

You can read more about each of these structures, along with the projects they support, via the links below.

Are you interested in RCoA research projects?
See below for more information on our current and past research projects, including details on how you and your local hospital can get involved.