International Work

Adopting a collaborative approach to research is becoming increasingly important to address significant scientific problems. NIHR Evaluations Trials and Studies (NETS) programmes work at an international level to fund the best research and enhance the reputation of the NIHR, and are willing to consider collaboration with international agencies.

Do NIHR programmes managed by NETSCC fund international studies?

Studies funded by the NIHR programmes managed by NETSCC are generally UK based.  The programmes will consider funding an international study where the chief investigator and lead institution are based in the UK and the study is relevant to and a priority for the UK population, and where overseas recruitment is funded from other sources.

It will be exceptional for NIHR programmes to fund recruitment overseas. Similarly, these programmes are open to bids to support a UK recruitment arm of an international study where the study is relevant to and a priority for the UK population; a UK based principal investigator should be the lead applicant. Each project will be considered on a case by case basis and applicants interested in submitting a proposal for an international study should contact the relevant funding programme for advice.

Do NIHR programmes managed by NETSCC co-fund studies with other international agencies?

The NIHR programmes managed by NETSCC have joint-funded international studies and are willing to consider co-funding studies with other international agencies in the future. In addition, the programmes will consider collaborating with organisations to ensure that parallel international trials are set up to enable analysis of similar endpoints.

Each project is considered on a case by case basis. Agencies interested in collaborating in joint studies should contact netscc.international@soton.ac.uk in the first instance.

Are there any specific requirements for international studies?

Each study will be treated on a case by case basis. Applicants interested in submitting a proposal for an international study should contact the relevant funding programme for advice. All research studies funded need to demonstrate benefit to the UK population.

For further information, please contact us directly at netscc.international@soton.ac.uk.

 

International memberships

The NIHR Evaluations Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) is a member of the following organisations:

European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA)

EUnetHTA is collaboration between HTA agencies, research institutions, and health ministries from 24 European countries. During its first three years of existence (2006-2008), EUnetHTA aimed to develop an organisational framework for a sustainable European Network for HTA. The EUnetHTA contains progress reports and more information on EUnetHTA activities involving a wider stakeholder group.

Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi)

HTAi focuses uniquely on health technology assessment (HTA) and provides the key forum for all those from the worlds of healthcare, academia and business interested in the science, development and application of HTA. HTAi's mission is to support and promote the development, communication, understanding and use of HTA around the world to promote effective innovations and use of resources in healthcare.

International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA)

INAHTA was established to facilitate cooperation and the sharing of information amongst the many organisations throughout the world involved in assessing health technologies and has grown to 41 member agencies. The network stretches from the USA and Canada to Europe and Australia.