This was an eye-catching front cover headline for the BMJ. Is research as important as clinical duties? The answer has to be yes. Research takes place in every NHS hospital, albeit in a fragmented way. All of us have to realise that research is part of the job and not an extra burden. I hope most urologists are familiar with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It was set up in 2006 and its budget allocation is nearly £1 billion per annum. Over the last five years more than three million patients have gone through clinical trials which is encouraging news. Hospitals and surgeons that are active in research have lower mortality rates and less complications. So, let us participate and contribute for our own benefit locally and for others nationally.