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Commissioned funding stream

We are inviting proposals for a range of HTA research questions for primary research. We currently have eight funding opportunities open with a deadline of 1pm on 24 September 2015. Further topics are due to be advertised on 16 July 2015.

For more details and to apply please visit the HTA Commissioned webpage

Researcher-led funding stream

Applications in any clinical research area using any of the study designs described on our remit page can be submitted on an ongoing basis. Applications are considered three times a year. The next deadline for proposals is 1pm on 3 September 2015. For more details and to apply, please visit the HTA researcher-led webpage.

Commissioning brief of continuing interest

We are also inviting proposals for the topic "Mechanical Insufflation-Exsufflation devices for assisted cough in neuromuscular disease". The next deadline for proposals is 1pm on 24 September 2015. For more details and to apply, please visit the HTA commissioning briefs of continuing interest webpage.

Workshop - How to be a good Chief Investigator. 19 September 2015, London.

The MRC Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research are giving a free one day training event for newly funded Chief Investigators on randomised clinical trials.

The workshop will include panel discussions, presentations from clinical trial units, trial funders and trial methodologists, problem solving sessions and discussions on workshop relationships.

Deadline for applications: 17 July 2015 at 4:00pm.

How to apply: This workshop is free to shortlisted applicants, but spaces are limited. A contribution to travel costs will be available for invited delegates. Applicants must be a new CI on a randomised clinical trial which is already currently funded.

To apply please email a 2-page CV detailing your career to date and a cover letter containing the title and funder of your trial, and a copy of the trial abstract to with the subject heading: “CI workshop 2”

Latest news stories

PARAMEDIC awarded trial of the year by the Society for Clinical Trials

The HTA-funded PARAMEDIC trial has been awarded ‘Trial of the Year 2014’ by the US-based Society for Clinical Trials (SCT).

The PARAMEDIC study compared a mechanical chest compression device to the manual delivery of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to see if it improved survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. It ran between 2010 and 2013 in partnership with West Midlands, Welsh, South Central and North East Ambulance Services and the University of Surrey.  Four thousand four hundred and seventy one patients were enrolled who had suffered out of hospital cardiac arrest.

For more information about this project, visit the news item.
Drug therapy for kidney stones assessed

Drug therapy to help the passing of kidney stones is ineffective, found HTA-funded research published in The Lancet

The HTA SUSPEND trial investigated the clinical and cost-effectiveness of the use of an alpha-blocker (tamsulosin) and a calcium channel blocker (nifedipine) in the management of symptomatic ureteric stones.

For more information about this project, visit the news item.
Non-drug interventions for ADHD reviewed

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may be successfully supported in classrooms through strategies that do not involve drugs, finds research published in Health Technology Assesment.

Children with ADHD are typically restless, act without thinking and struggle to concentrate, which causes particular problems for them and for others in school. The study, led by the University of Exeter Medical School, reviewed existing evidence on simple classroom measures that could help reduce the impact of ADHD, and help improve outcomes such as performance in standardised tests.

For more information about this project, visit the news item.
International recognition for NIHR at HTAi conference

The NIHR received international recognition for a number of its ground breaking initiatives at this year’s HTAi conference, in Oslo, Norway. Dr Sophie Staniszewska, a member of the NETSCC Patient and Public Involvement Reference Group, gave a session on Producing HTA where she highlighted three aspects of NIHR work: avoidable waste, James Lind Alliance PSPs, and Patient and Public involvement work. She was following the opening session attended by 800-900 people from all around the world.

For more information about this visit the news item.
To read other recent HTA news, please visit the news section on our website.

Submit your research to the 2015 NCRI Conference

Would you like to receive feedback from the wider research community on your latest research? In 2014, over 160 colleagues presented at the NCRI Cancer Conference and benchmarked their work. We strongly encourage you to submit your late-breaking research before 26 August and join us in Liverpool for the NCRI Cancer Conference on 1–4 November 2015.

Submit your abstracts for this year’s Conference to:
  • Showcase your research and receive feedback from your peers
  • Ensure your work is accessible to the UK and international research community
  • Have the chance to present your work in a poster session, with dedicated viewing times
Late breaking abstract submission will be opening 3 August at

Suggest a research question

We need to know what health-related decisions you struggle to make because of lack of evidence, and what uncertainties you may be aware of in your research area.

Topic suggestions in all areas are always welcome and our website offers support and guidance on how to make an effective research suggestion. If you are unsure, then please do get in touch by emailing
Become a reviewer

Why not become a reviewer for us? Our reviewers are extremely important to us, and help to ensure that we only fund the most relevant research that is focused on the needs of patients and the public.

Reviewing can be used as CPD evidence, be recognised in Clinical Excellence Award submissions and can be an effective way to learn about forthcoming research in your field and what makes a good research proposal.
This month we are looking to recruit health economists in particular, so please forward on to your colleagues who might be interested.

Register your interest by completing our online form.

New titles in Health Technology Assessment

If you would like to read the latest publications in the NIHR journal, Health Technology Assessment, please visit the NIHR Journals Library. If you would like to receive regular updates about the HTA journal series, please sign up to the publications mailing list.
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