The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme supports the preclinical and clinical development of medical technologies in areas of existing or emerging patient need.
The Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme is a translational research funding scheme aimed at de-risking early-to-late stage medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and high-impact patient-focused digital health technologies for ultimate NHS use.
We fund projects that have demonstrated proof-of-concept and have a clear pathway towards adoption and commercialisation.
i4i has three funding streams: Product Development Awards (PDA), Challenge Awards and Connect. PDA and Challenge run two funding competitions a year, launching in autumn and spring, whereas Connect runs one funding competition each year. See the full dates for i4i funding competitions. All i4i funding streams have a two-stage application process. Identical applications are not permissable to be submitted to multiple open competitions.