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The HTA Programme funds research about the clinical and cost effectiveness, and broader impact, of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS. HTA research is undertaken where some evidence already exists to show that a technology can be effective, and this technology needs to be compared with the current standard NHS intervention to see which works best.

The term ‘health technology’ can cover any intervention used in the treatment, prevention or diagnosis of disease. This means HTA research could evaluate, for example, devices, procedures, drugs, settings of care or screening, provided the study outcomes lead to findings that have the potential to be of direct benefit to NHS patients.

The HTA Programme has two main workstreams: researcher-led and commissioned.

The researcher-led workstream offers researchers the opportunity to submit proposals on topics or research questions within the programme’s remit. There are three cut-off dates a year when applications will be considered.

The commissioned workstream invites applications in response to calls for research on specific questions that have been identified and prioritised for their importance to the NHS and patients. Proposals may include primary research, evidence synthesis, or feasibility and pilot studies.

Calls/Competitions Researcher-led and commissioned calls
Application process Primary research - two-stage*
Evidence synthesis - one-stage*
* Flexible depending on the type of call
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