NIHR i4i Challenge Awards
Challenge Awards are commissioned on an ad hoc basis in areas of existing or emerging healthcare need. The expected output is a disruptive technology with the potential to offer improved outcomes for NHS patients.
Applications for these late-stage awards must be based on a working prototype or proven concept with a strong evidence base and comprise the clinical development of laboratory-validated technologies or interventions, requiring minimal preclinical development. Minor or incremental changes to technologies in current clinical use are outside the scope.
Current Challenge Award – Mental Health 2018
Mental illness inflicts a heavy toll on affected individuals, carers and society as a whole. It’s the largest single cause of disability and represents 28% of the national disease burden in the UK. Annually this leads to an estimated 70 million working days lost, costing the economy £70 billion a year (OECD 2014).
Applications are invited for the development of innovative technological solutions which can influence the patient care pathway and improve patient outcomes for mental health conditions. Download the full scope for more information about the 2018 Challenge Award, essential requirements are as for Product Development Awards plus:
- Projects can be up to 5 years in duration
- Applications must include one collaborator from an NHS Trust or NHS service provider.
- Projects must include first-in-man or later stage trials.
- We will not consider applications focused on neurodegenerative conditions including Parkinson’s, Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s.
Challenge Awards Call 8 Dates – Mental Health
|Stage 1||Stage 2 (if invited)|
|Competition launch||01 February 2018 (9am)||23 May 2018 (9am)|
|Submission deadline||04 April 2018 (1pm)||26 September 2018 (1pm)|
|Submission outcome||May 2018||December 2018 (earliest)|
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