About us


The NIHR Innovation Observatory (NIHRIO) is an independent research team at the Newcastle University and incorporated as a research programme within the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).


Through state-of-the-art data analytics we explore trends in health innovation across drugs, medical technologies, diagnostic tools and healthcare services.  This offers academia and industry unique insights for areas of development and innovation. It also supplies information to key NHS decision-makers and research funders about emerging health technologies likely to impact on the provision of health services and therefore patient care in the near future.


NIHRIO is hosted by National Innovation Centre for Ageing, National Institute for Smart Data Innovation, and Newcastle Academic Health Partners - a collaboration involving Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. 


We benefit from being embedded within 'Science Central', a partnership between Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council and L&G Capital.  Science Central is the largest urban regeneration programme of its kind in the UK and is a test bed for innovation and sustainability.