Tom Kenny is the Director of External Relations at the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC). GiveWell spoke with him as a part of our investigation of ways to improve biomedical research.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded through the Department of Health with a mission to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) is responsible for managing five research funding programmes, known collectively as the NETS programmes.
The discussion centered on the centre’s methods for selecting research proposals to fund, and on its policy of requiring the researchers that it funds to:
- Report on their methods in great detail so that other researchers can
reproduce their experiments.
- Publish all their findings, independently of whether they’re positive, neutral