Evidence - Support services

The NICE Scientific Advice Service provides a fee-based consultancy to help develop evidence that demonstrates the clinical and cost-effectiveness for all types of technology. They provide feedback on evidence generation plans, and help companies understand health technology assessment and the perspective of decision makers. They also provide a comprehensive peer review service for economic models that helps companies optimise the model’s structure, computation, coding, usability and transparency.

The NICE MedTech Early Technical Assessment tool is a fee-based platform to help product developers understand what evidence they need to generate to convince healthcare commissioners of the value their technology can bring to the NHS.

NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) and Clinical Research Network (CRN) provide support for study design and delivery of clinical research in applied health and social care. There are ten regional RDS centres across England. They provide free and confidential advice on study design, identifying sources of funding, writing funding applications and patient and public involvement in research. Find out more about the services offered by the RDS.

The CRN is made up of fifteen local clinical research networks which coordinate and support the delivery of health and care research in England. The CRN study support service can help you plan, set up, deliver and performance monitor clinical research studies. Find out more about the CRN study support service eligibility criteria and how to apply.