i4i Connect: Call 2

Key Features

Up to £150,000 per project available for SME’s in need of a funding boost to reach the next stage in the development pathway to enable the accelerated development of promising medical technologies.

Programme:     NIHR

Award:     Up to £150,000 per project

Opens: 7th Aug 2018

Closes: 11th Sep 2018

! This scheme is now closed


To be funded through this competition, you must be working on one of the following:

  • Research and development of medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices as defined by the relevant EU directives, across all areas of existing or emerging healthcare needs
  • Research and development of technologies or interventions specified by Challenge Awards themes
  • Product or technology development required to enable a technology for clinical use, which may include manufacturing, intellectual property protection, freedom to operate and market analysis or business case development
  • Research and development of techniques or technologies from a different industry sector, which could have a potential impact if applied in a healthcare setting
  • Feasibility studies if a technology from a sector other than health is being developed
  • Studies to provide data relating to safety and effectiveness of a device including first-in-man and pivotal studies
  • Health economic analyses and clinical utility studies looking at a device’s real-life implementation and use
  • CE marking and other regulatory requirements including any associated safety trials
  • Activities associated with the adoption of new technology
  • Training associated with the implementation of new technology


This is stage 1 of a 2 stage competition.

  • Stage 1 is for Expression of Interest.
  • Stage 2 is by invitation only for Submission of Business Plans.

To apply for this funding you must meet the following criteria:

  • Lead applicants must be from an SME.
  • Lead applicants must be based in England.
  • Projects must be £50,000-150,000 in value.
  • Projects must be 6-12 months in duration.
  • Projects must have already demonstrated ‘proof of principle’.
  • Upon acceptance of i4i Connect funding, applicants agree to be bound by the terms of the NIHR standard research contract and are expected to sign the contract within 4 weeks of the award notice or the award will be withdrawn.


  • Projects must not include animal studies, or work on animal tissues. If these studies are required, alternative funding must be used to cover the cost.
  • Projects that are for early stage research or discovery science will not be funded.