Customers and partners


Principal users of information

The NIHR Innovation Observatory (NIHRIO) has a number of major stakeholders across the NHS, from the the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Technology Appraisal and Highly Specialised Technology programmes; NIHR HTA and EME research programmes; the UK National Screening Committee and Programmes; and NHS England.

Through its ability to understand the innovation pipeline, the NIHR Innovation Observatory is also playing an increasingly high profile in supporting the setting of long term strategic vision across the NHS.

Other users

Other users include the Department of Health and Social Care policy and research teams; the NICE Medical Technologies Evaluation, Diagnostic Assessment and Interventional Procedures programmes; Public Health England and wider NHS commissioners and providers.


The NIHR works closely with many UK organisations and individuals, as well as international networks and organisations. The NIHR Innovation Observatory is hosted by National Innovation Centre for Ageing, National Institute for Smart Data Innovation, and Newcastle Academic Health Partners - a collaboration involving Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. 


We recognise the importance of working with manufacturers and developers to identify and prioritise emerging and new health technologies and welcome the opportunity to discuss development pipelines with commercial developers.

If you wish to send information to the NIHR Innovation Observatory about any development you think we should investigate please complete the relevant innovation notification on the NIHRIO website. NIHRIO undertake to respect any confidential or commercially sensitive information you provide.

The NIHRIO uses information supplied by pharmaceutical manufacturers into UK PharmaScan and pharmaceutical companies are encouraged to register for UK PharmaScan and input relevant product information.