NIHR Medtech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operatives (MICs)

MedTech and In Vitro Diagnostic Co-operatives MIC

NIHR Medtech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operatives (MICs) build expertise and capacity in the NHS to develop new medical technologies and provide evidence on commercially-supplied in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tests. Leading NHS organisations act as centres of expertise, bringing together patients, clinicians, researchers, commissioners and industry.

More than £14 million over 5 years has been awarded across 11 NIHR MICs. 

The NIHR MICs launched on 1 January 2018. The NIHR MICs replace the NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operatives (HTCs) and NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operatives (DECs), incorporating and retaining the remits of both.

If you are interested in working with the NIHR MICs or would like more information, please contact the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure:


MIC name

Host NHS organisation

Research themes

Funding for 5 years from 1 January 2018

NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Neuropsychological rehabilitation; functional neuroimaging and neurophysiology; neuro-oncology; paediatrics and neuro-development; neurorehabilitation; regenerative neuroscience; intracranial dynamics and shunt technology; cognition and mental health; multi-modality monitoring; neurocritical care; prevention and pre-hospital.


NIHR Cardiovascular MedTech Co-operative

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Atherosclerosis; cardiac arrhythmias; heart failure; paediatric technologies; structural heart disease.


NIHR Children and Young People MedTech Co-operative

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Children’s cancer; epilepsy; myopathies and movement disorders; paediatric surgical technologies; rare diseases; respiratory and sleep disorders in children; transitional care; ventilation in children.


NIHR Community Healthcare MedTech and In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Acute adult ambulatory care; acute paediatrics; diagnosing and monitoring technology for unmet needs in the community; long term conditions; methods for care pathway analysis, early modelling and sequential incorporation of IVDs; precision antimicrobial prescribing.


NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Assistive technology and connected healthcare; behaviour change; diabetes; human factors; integration and impact; long term and neurological conditions; medtech innovation; rehabilitation technologies; renal.


NIHR Leeds In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Infection diagnostics; musculoskeletal disease; oncology; renal medicine.


NIHR London In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Clinical; methodology; technology.


NIHR Mental Health MedTech Co-operative

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Adult mental health and mood disorders; evaluation and implementation; older people and dementia; technology.


NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ageing and long-term conditions; infection; stratified medicine.


NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Colorectal; hepatopancreatobiliary; vascular.


NIHR Trauma Management MedTech Co-operative

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Immediate response to injury at the scene and hospital stabilisation; re-enablement and rehabilitation; tissue repair and surgical reconstruction.