Apply for UK grant funding from the NIHR i4i Challenge Awards, for the assessment of medtech innovations in healthcare settings.
Award: No upper funding limit
Opens: 17th Apr 2019
Closes: 12th Jun 2019
The NIHR i4i Challenge Awards Call 9 is inviting applications for the assessment of medtech innovations in healthcare settings. The 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.
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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 following priorities defined by NHS England, focusing on a clinical need specific to the context where the technology will be tested:
It is recommended for projects to be co-designed with the relevant stakeholders including those to whom the technology will be handed over (e.g. NICE, CCGs, other funding streams). For this reason, the establishment of highly multidisciplinary teams is encouraged, with adequate expertise to address technical, health economic, managerial, regulatory and implementation challenges.
Applicants are encouraged to seek the support of NIHR Medtech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operatives (MICs) and Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs), and to work closely with the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), as they can provide important expertise and understanding of the current needs of the landscape.