Submit your application for the Invention for Innovation Programme

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) invites applications to its Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme.

There are two types of award: Product Development awards and Challenge awards.   


The NIHR is the research arm of the NHS and funds these awards for companies to develop R&D plans in collaboration with a university or an NHS organisation.

Product Development awards support R&D of medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices. Lead applicants may be from academia, industry or an NHS organisation and must be based in England. Calls are repeated two times per year.  For more, see:

Challenge awards are based on themed calls in areas of existing or emerging healthcare need. Lead applicants must be from NHS organisations in England and form partnerships with UK universities and/or companies based and conducting R&D in the UK. The themes will be repeated in spring.


The current themes are:

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For more information about the awards click here

The deadline for outline applications for all calls is Wednesday 13 January 2016.  

To clarify whether your project is within scope or for any other questions,  email