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NIHR-HSRIC - NIHR Horizon Scanning Research and Intelligence Centre

Contact: Claire Packer (Director)

Address: School of Health and Population Sciences, Public Health Building, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT.
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University of Birmingham, School of Health and Population Sciences


The NIHR Horizon Scanning Research and Intelligence Centre (HSRIC) aims to provide advance notice to the Department of Health, and key national policy makers and research funders in England of selected new and emerging health technologies that might require urgent evaluation, consideration of clinical and cost impact or modification of clinical guidance, around 2-3 years prior to launch on the National Health Service (NHS).


HSRIC's main outputs are technology briefings on new and emerging health technologies, and in-depth horizon scanning reviews of specific clinical groups or technology areas. Briefings and reviews are available on the HSRIC website The Centre has an active research programme and has presented and published papers on horizon scanning methods and the diffusion and impact of new health technologies.

Main Source Of Funding

HSRIC is funded by the UK's National Institute for Health Research (

Main Customers

National health technology evaluation & guidance producers; and health research funding bodies

HSRIC's main customers are the Department of Health for England, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), NIHR and other research commissioning programmes, and the UK National Screening Committee and screening programmes.

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