National Institute of Health Research

About us and our approach

The NIHR, Evaluation, Trials and Studies (NETS) programmes fund valuable independent research for health and social care decision-makers. These programmes are a key part of a portfolio of work managed by the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC), based at the University of Southampton. We manage the identifying, prioritising, funding, delivery, publication, and dissemination of high-quality research and lead other NIHR initiatives to meet the needs of the public, patients and the NHS.

Our programmes form an essential component of health research in the UK, and their projects’ results provide information of immediate value to healthcare decision- and policy-making. At NETSCC, we strive to identify opportunities to add value at every stage and every level of the research process. One way that we do this is by using a ‘needs-led, science-added’ approach - a set of principles intended to ensure that the research is of the highest possible value to decision-makers, and that it provides real benefits to patients, the NHS and public health. Our panels and boards apply knowledge, expertise and methods to support the scientific quality of proposals and funded research to ensure that it answers important questions relevant to clinicians, patients and the public.

Our programmes comprise five distinct but interconnected evaluation research programmes:

Other key activities that NETSCC leads on, or manages, on behalf of the NIHR, are:  

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