Aims & Strategy

The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) was established in March 2008.

Our Vision:

  • To improve the health of patients and the public through research and innovation.

Our Mission:

  • To promote, support and coordinate world class health research and innovation in anaesthesia, perioperative care and pain management in the UK.


  • The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia is an equitable, effective, efficient and engaging organisation; promoting and supporting equity, diversity and inclusivity with all its activity.


  • To strategically invest efficiently and effectively through the activities of our funding partners and facilitate funding for national and global health priority areas as defined by patients, public, policy makers and the specialty.

  • To support and promote career development for students, early-career researchers and developing research leaders.

  • To champion and advocate for the importance of research in improving the health of patients and the public; including all forms of innovation and research across the translational pathway.

  • To foster and develop partnerships, collaboration and engagement within our healthcare environment.

  • To ensure that we operate in an ethical, environmentally sustainable, efficient and cost-effective manner.


NIAA Strategy 2023-2028
 NIAA-Strategy.pdf (681 KB)
Full version

Previous Strategy 2015-2020
 NIAA Strategy Full (128 KB)
Full version

 NIAA strategy print (197 KB)
Print version

 A National Strategy for Academic Anaesthesia (658 KB)
The NIAA was set up in response to the recommendations made in this report produced by Dr Jaideep Pandit in 2005.