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Recent competition outcomes

Innovation Observatory (NIHRIO): Following an open competition to designate and fund a single Horizon Scanning centre, funding was awarded to Newcastle University to lead NIHRIO. The centre will bring together data scientists, evidence synthesis experts, software engineers and systematic reviewers to create a critical mass of expertise in observing and reporting on health innovation in the UK and beyond, utilising next generational digital analytics. The Innovation Observatory is hosted by the National Centre for Smart Data Innovation and National Innovation Centre for Ageing, a £60million investment by central government. Funding of up to £2 million per annum is awarded for a period of five years commencing 1 April 2017. More details will be announced shortly. 

Biomedical Research Centres: Following an open competition, funding was awarded to 20 NHS and university partnerships across England to host the development of new, ground-breaking treatments, diagnostics, prevention and care for patients in a wide range of diseases like cancer and dementia. On the announcement (14 September 2016), Chief Scientific Advisor Professor Chris Whitty said: "The future of NHS care depends on the science we do now. This new funding will enable clinical researchers to keep pushing for medical breakthroughs. The NIHR biomedical research centres announced today offer huge potential benefits for patients across the country."

Clinical Research Facilities: Following a competitive application and assessment process, funding has been awarded to 23 NHS organisations to be provided from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2022. The purpose of the scheme is to provide NIHR funding to meet the necessary recurrent NHS infrastructure costs and NHS Support Costs of funded, world-class, early translational (experimental medicine) research that needs to be undertaken in dedicated, purpose-built CRFs in England, and ensure that funding is targeted appropriately. 

Patient Safety Translational Research Centres: On 13 February Public Health and Innovation Minister, Nicola Blackwood has today announced a £17 million investment into three NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centres (PSTRCs). The funding will be split between Imperial College NHS Trust and Imperial College London (over £7 million), Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and University of Manchester (over £6 million) and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University of Leeds (£3 million), to fund the two existing PSTRCs in London and Manchester and a new PSTRC in Yorkshire. The investment will be spent on patient safety research with the centres aiming to turn patient safety discoveries into practice, with previous research undertaken in Manchester and London already having an impact on NHS frontline services.

Recent closed competitions

MedTech and In Vitro Diagnostic Co-operatives: Applications are closed for the competition to designate and fund NIHR MedTech and In Vitro Diagnostic Co-operatives (NIHR MICs). The scheme aims to provide NIHR research infrastructure funding of £14m over five years for leading NHS Organisations to act as centres of expertise. NIHR MICs will replace the current NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operatives and NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operatives but will incorporate and retain the remits of both. Competition details can be found on the NIHR MIC page.