National Institute of Health Research

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme

The HTA Programme is the largest of the NIHR programmes. We fund independent research about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS. We fund our studies via a number of routes including commissioned and researcher-led workstreams.

Our research serves a variety of key stakeholders including: decision-makers in local government, policy-makers (including NICE), researchers, NHS health professionals, other NIHR stakeholders, and the general public.

We have a mixed portfolio of clinical trials, pilot and feasibility studies, and evidence synthesis projects. To take a look at our current portfolio of funded projects please visit our portfolio page.

All of our funded projects are eligible for publication in the internationally read journal series of the HTA Programme, Health Technology Assessment, which is part of the NIHR Journals Library. The journal’s impact factor of 4.058 ranks it second in the Health Care Sciences and Services category. It is also indexed on MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE, UK PubMed Central, the Cochrane Library and the ISI Science Citation Index. Many of our projects also publish in leading international journals. If you’d like to read more about the work we commission, you may also want to visit our project outputs, and our impact page.

What is a health technology?

The term ‘health technology’ covers a range of methods used to promote health, prevent and treat disease, and improve rehabilitation and long-term care. For more information, please visit our remit page.

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20 years of the HTA Programme

In 2013 the HTA programme celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a successful conference which reflected on both the impact and the future of the Programme. View presentations from the conference. 


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