National Institute of Health Research

Systematic Reviews (SR) Programme

Systematic reviews identify, evaluate, combine and summarise the findings of all relevant individual studies, to provide decision makers with the best possible information about the effects of tests, treatments and other interventions used in health and social care.

We support the production of systematic reviews through two funding streams:

  • The NIHR Cochrane Programme Grant Scheme aims to produce high quality systematic reviews that are of direct benefit to users of the NHS in England. This call runs every three years.
  • The NIHR Cochrane Incentive Awards are available to Cochrane Review Groups to facilitate, and possibly accelerate review activity that is already planned or under way. This call runs annually.

For those producing reviews, we also offer the following:

Dame Sally Video"By removing uncertainties in science and research, systematic reviews ensure that only the best-value interventions are adopted by the NHS and social care providers. NIHR investment in systematic reviews means that our health and care services have access to the best possible evidence to inform decisions and choices"   

Professor Dame Sally C Davies FRS MEDSci Chief Medical Officer
Watch the video of Dame Sally to find out more about NIHR Systematic Reviews


Systematic Reviews infrastructure

As well as supporting the production of systematic reviews through these funding streams, we also monitor the contracts for several systematic review entities on behalf of the NIHR such as Cochrane UK and the Health Technology Assessment Reviews Programme . 

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