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Meeting report: Tips for success in Health Technology Assessment

The National Institute of Health Research’s Health Technology Assessment programme is 20 years young. Catie Lichten spent a day listening to expert advice on what turns an ordinary funding application into a successful one.

Top Tips from the NIHR Health Technology Assessment conference

  • Show the important economic and health impacts of answering your research question.
  • Remember that numbers speak louder than words.
  • Write your application with the most sceptical person in mind.
  • Convince the panel that you and your team are capable of answering the question with the approach you describe.
  • Get patients and the public involved from the beginning.
  • In place of general statements about a disease, provide specific information about the intervention you plan to test and who could benefit.
  • Don’t try to squeeze topics into funding calls that aren’t suitable. 


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