MRC-NICE Scoping Project: Identifying the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's methodological research priorities and an initial set of priorities

L Longworth, L Bojke, J Tosh, M Sculpher

Background: As part of the co-coordinated strategy for health research under the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OSCHR), the Medical Research Council (MRC) is the lead organisation for
methodological research in the UK. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is
an important public stakeholder in this research area, and it has faced a range of challenges in the
selection and specification of research methods employed in the production of its guidance for the
NHS.