Nepal Health Research Committee was established under the Ministry of Health and was chaired by the Secretary of Health.
1991 - 1995
Nepal Health Research Council Act was authenticated and published on 12 April 1991.
Nepal Health Research Council was established as a salutatory and autonomous body on 12 April 1991 as promulgated by the Nepal Health Research Council Act No. 29 of the year 1991.
Prof. Dr. Mrigendra Raj Pandey was nominated by GoN as the Emeritus Chairman of NHRC on 29 April 1991, along with other board members.
Minister of Health and Labor, Honorable Mr. Padama Ratna Tuladhar inaugurated NHRC building on 24 February 1995.
Health System Research Promotion and Development Project of NHRC was initiated in collaboration with the World Health Organization. The project contributed to encouraging young researchers in health research through training and research grant.
1996 - 1999
NHRC launched National effort to register health research conducted within the country under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Mathura Prasad Shrestha.
The high-level consultative meeting was organized to identify national health research priority of Nepal. NHRC initiate publication of research findings through NHRC Bulletin, NHRC Brochure and NHRC Journal called "Khoj-bin."
2000 – 2003
Enhancing Capacity of Nepal Health Research Council Project was launched on 7 January 2000 with the support of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers USA. The project supported NHRC in developing its ethical guideline.
NHRC received Rockefeller Foundation International Award in 2000 to support Cooperation in Health Research for Development.
National Ethical Guideline for Health Research in Nepal was published for the first time in 2001.
Environment Health Unit was established in 2001. The Unit conducted several Environment Health researches which led to the development of environment and health policy such as Health Care Waste Management Guidelines, Indoor Air Quality Guideline etc.
South Asian Forum for Health Research was established in 2003 with the initiation from the NHRC. The forum was set to network with Research Councils in South Asia.
Nepal Health Research Policy was polished in 2003
NHRC started carrying out national level studies on air pollution, arsenicosis, tobacco taxation, essential health care services, etc
National Guidelines for the use of Animal in Scientific Research in Nepal was developed and published.
2007 - 2009
NHRC conducted epidemiological studies including outbreak investigation and assessment of burden of disease in Nepal.
NHRC issued National Environmental Health Research Priority Area of Nepal in 2007.
NHRC held first National Workshop on Climate Change and Human Health Impact on 2007.
2010 – 2013
NHRC updated National Ethical Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures in 2011. Similarly, National Health Research Priority was reviewed in 2013.
NHRC organized First National Summit of Health and Population Scientist in 2015 and NHRC is continuing the tradition science then.
NHRC started tri-annual publication of the Journal of NHRC since 2014.
NHRC began conducting research into emerging areas such as Mental Health, Non-Communicable Diseases, and intervention studies. NHRC is doing research on Chronic Kidney Disease and is planning for National Mental Health Survey. Non-Communicable Disease intervention study is being implemented at Ilam district of Nepal since 2015. The study is first of its kind in the history of NHRC.