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NIHR HealthTech Research Centres 2022


Supporting Information

The NIHR is launching a new, two-stage, open competition to designate and fund NIHR HealthTech Research Centres (HRCs) in England.

The NIHR HRC scheme will provide NIHR infrastructure funding for centres:

  • To act as centres of excellence that support the development of HealthTech and the generation of appropriate evidence to support necessary approvals and enable effective implementation of innovations to improve care and the health and care system;
  • To use their extensive knowledge of the innovation pipeline to primarily support industry partners navigate the health and care landscape, including the regulatory requirements for market access to increase the chance of adoption;
  • To support the development of a highly skilled research workforce to support the development of HealthTech and meet growing demands in this area.

This scheme replaces the current NIHR Medtech and In Vitro Diagnostic Cooperative (MIC) scheme. Applications are welcome from all NHS organisations in England that can demonstrate a substantial portfolio of HealthTech research. The HRC scheme will be expected to be responsive to support health and care priorities and also includes a remit for Skills and Workforce Development.

Application Guidance - Stage 1

The NIHR HealthTech Research Centres (HRCs) - Stage 1 Application Guidance is available on the NIHR Website. Stage 1 applications must be submitted through the NIHR Research Management System (RMS) which will open on 7th September 2022.   The deadline for Stage 1 applications is 13:00 on 2nd November 2022.


We would like to announce a virtual Q&A webinar for this scheme, which will be taking place on Wednesday 14 September 2022 from 10am-12pm for potential applicants. 

Registration for this virtual webinar is now open. We kindly request that a maximum of 4 attendees register per organisation. Please submit any questions you would like to be addressed at the webinar by Tuesday 06 September.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please submit any questions on the remit and aims of the scheme and the answers to these will be regularly updated on the Frequently Asked Questions NIHR document until two weeks before call close, i.e. 19 October 2022. For any queries on the RMS, please email