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Call 9 of the i4i Challenge Awards launched

Posted: 18th April 2019

The NIHR i4i Challenge Awards Call 9 is inviting applications for the assessment of medtech innovations in healthcare settings.

NIHR LogoThe aim is to shorten the evidence gap between the safety/preliminary efficacy typical of a newly CE marked technology and what is required for decisions by commissioners and regulators. At the same time, this will de-risk the product for follow-on investment.

Applications should focus on CE marked products. Digital technologies that are not regulated as medical devices but are going to be integrated into the NHS can also be included, as long as reasonable proof of safety and efficacy is provided.

Products should address one of the priorities defined by NHS England, focusing on a clinical need specific to the context where the technology will be tested.

Award specifications:

  • Applications are invited from SMEs, NHS Trusts, NHS service providers or Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). A minimum of two organisations must be involved, and the proposal must include at least one collaborator from an NHS Trust or NHS Service Provider.
  • Lead applicants must be based in England.
  • Projects will not have a duration limit. Timelines will need to be commensurate with the requirements of the project and the delivery of outputs, in terms of potential healthcare uptake and patient benefit.
  • There is no upper funding limit, but costs must be fully justified.

Please download the full scope for more information about the 2019 Challenge Awards.

The submission deadline for Stage 1 applications is 12 June 2019 at 1pm. Further information on key dates can be found on the i4i website.

A Word template of the application form is also available on the i4i website.

The i4i team will be hosting a webinar on 08 May 2019 at 10.30am to provide information and answer questions on the aims, scope and eligibility of the call. The link to join the webinar will be published on the i4i website closer to the date.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact or submit a pre-submission enquiry form.