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Invention for Innovation (i4i)

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The i4i Programme is a translational funding scheme that supports the preclinical and clinical development of innovative medical technologies. The aim of i4i is to de-risk early stage projects that have a strong potential for commercialisation and acceptance for use in the NHS, and to make them attractive to follow-on funders and investors.

The i4i Programme is intended to help bridge the ‘valley of death’ in early stage medtech innovation, by supporting collaborative research and development from proof-of-concept stage through to clinical safety and efficacy evaluation of completed prototypes.

The proposed technology or intervention must address an existing or emerging healthcare need and must have a clear pathway towards commercialisation and NHS adoption. The expected output is an advanced or clinically validated prototype medical device, technology or intervention.

The i4i Programme runs two funding streams: Product Development Awards and Challenge Awards. Product Development Awards support research and development of medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices in any area of existing or emerging clinical need. Challenge Awards address a particular challenge that is a priority for the NHS.

As collaboration is key to the development of innovative healthcare technologies, the i4i Programme requires project teams to comprise at least two organisations from universities, Higher Education Institutions, NHS organisations or industry. The involvement of small and medium enterprises is particularly welcome.

Calls/Competitions Researcher-led and commissioned calls
Application process Two-stage
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