Glossary: Acronyms

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Academic Health and Science Networks (AHSN)

An organisation which helps align education, clinical research, informatics, innovation, training and education and healthcare delivery. The AHSN’s goal is to improve patient and population health outcomes by translating research into practice, and developing and implementing integrated health care services.

AHSC

Academic Health Science Centre

AMSCI

Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative

ASTUTE

ASTUTE (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) was a five-year (2010-2015) EU Funded Project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government. The project provided resources, facilities, advice and guidance to the Welsh manufacturing sector and has now been superseded by ASTUTE 2020.

BBA

British Bankers’ Association

BGF

The Business Growth Fund (BGF) is an investment company, providing patient capital for small and medium-sized enterprises in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

BRC

Biomedical Research Centre

BRU

Biomedical Research Unit

Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.

Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Clinically-led statutory NHS bodies responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for their local area. CCGs were created in 2012 by the Health and Social Care Act (H&SC) and replaced the Primary Care Trusts in 2013.

Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation & Technology (CIMIT)

CIMIT is a network of academic and medical institutions partnering with industry and government in the USA. The aim is to promote collaboration among clinicians, technologists, and entrepreneurs to accelerate innovation.

CPRD

Clinical Practice Research Datalink

CRC

Clinical Research Centre

DA

Devolved Administration

DALLAS

Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyle at Scale

DAP

Diagnostics Assessment Programme

EIS

Enterprise Investment Scheme

EPSRC

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences.

Health Innovation Challenge Fund

The Health Innovation Challenge Fund was positioned as a translational funding scheme to accelerate the clinical application of projects that are well advanced along the development pathway.

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) is a data warehouse containing details of all admissions, outpatient appointments and A and E attendances at NHS hospitals in England.

HSC R&D

Health and Social Care Research and Development

HSCIC

Health and Social Care Information Centre

IRAS

Integrated Research Application System

KTN

Knowledge Transfer Network

KTP

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

LSIO

Life Science Investment Organisation

Marketing Authorisation Holder (MAH)

The MAH is the company in whose name the marketing authorisation has been granted. This party has responsibility for all aspects of the product, including quality and compliance with the conditions of the marketing authorisation.

MAS

Manufacturing Advisory Service

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the NIHR aims to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research, driving faster research translation from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy.

Nesta

National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta) is an innovation foundation based in the UK. The organisation acts through a combination of programmes, investment, policy and research, and the formation of partnerships to promote innovation across a broad range of sectors.

NIHR i4i

National Institute for Health Research Invention for Innovation

NISCHR

National Institute for Social Care and Health Research

NOCRI

NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure

NRS

NHS Research Scotland

NRSPCC

NHS Research Scotland Permissions Coordinating Centre

R&D

Research & Development

Real-World Evidence (RWE)

Real-world evidence provides significant insight into how a drug or drug class performs or is used in real-world medical settings.

RGF

Regional Growth Fund

RSA

Regional Selective Assistance

SEIS

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

SHTG

Scottish Health Technologies Group

SMAS

Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service

SMEs

Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

SSCIF

Specialised Service Commissioning Innovation Fund

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

See ‘DIT‘.

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