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Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme . Dr Martin Anyim i4i Assistant Director . 09/10/2013. Programme objectives. To advance the translation of healthcare technologies for increased patient benefit through guided progression of innovative medical technologies. Types of projects .

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invention for innovation i4i programme

Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme

Dr Martin Anyim

i4i Assistant Director



Programme objectives

To advance thetranslationof healthcare technologies for increased patient benefit through guided progression of innovative medical technologies.

types of projects
Types of projects

A low-cost non-invasive visual aid for severely sight-impaired individuals

Next Generation Mobile HIV Diagnostics with Wireless Connectivity

types of projects1
Types of projects

Stroke reduction via improved opportunistic screening for atrial fibrillation - An evaluation of the clinical and economic benefits of the RapidRhythm device within primary care

facts and figures
Facts and Figures
  • Funding: £4 million in 2006/07; £20 million in 2013/14
  • Projects last up to 3 years
  • Current awards range from £170k up to £1.4 million but no formal limit
  • Since 2010, 52 projects recommended for funding, totalling £31,105,714
project team eligibility
Project team eligibility
  • Must be collaborative - Minimum of two organisations
  • NHS Trust, Higher Education Institution or industry
  • SMEs are particularly welcome
  • Lead applicants must be based in England or Wales only
3 key points
3 key points...
  • The benefits to patients and the NHS must be clearly articulated
  • Applications must show a high degree of technological innovation
  • The project team must contain the appropriate expertise for the work to be undertaken.
application process

Stage 1

Application process
  • Sub-Panel
  • Sift for eligibility
  • Assessed by Panel members
  • Stage 2
  • Includes Programme Director, Chairs and Deputy Chairs
  • Shortlist to invite to Stage 2
  • Panel
  • Peer review, including lay review
  • Due diligence begins
  • Risk friendly, multidisciplinary Panel
  • Presentations and Q&A
selection criteria
Selection criteria
  • Demonstrable evidence that a novel technology or intervention will be the ultimate output of the research and will deliver benefits to patients
  • Relevance of the research topic to the needs of the NHS and patients
  • Strength of the research / management team
  • The degree of technologicalinnovation and the case for further development
  • The health economic case
  • The strength of the overall business/commercialisation plan
  • The quality of the outline and full applications
2013 calls key dates
2013 Calls – key dates

7th call for i4i Product Development Awards

Call opens 9 am, 20November 2013

Stage 1 closes 1 pm, 15 January 2014

Panel meetings w/c 2 June 2014

OutcomeLate June2014

8th call for i4i Product Development Awards

Call opens May 2014

3rd call for i4i Challenge Awards

To be confirmed

beyond the panel
Beyond the Panel
  • Due diligence
    • Includes understanding IP position
    • Aimed at encouraging success
  • Project milestones
    • All projects are contracted against milestones
    • Agreed with project team and CCF
  • Monitoring
    • Active monitoring against milestones
    • Regular technical & financial reporting
    • Site visits, advice, RSGs, IPMG

i4i Accelerator Programme

Aim: Tohelp health researchers maximise their chances of success when applying for funding and investment.

Eligibility: SMEs, academic researchers and clinicians applying to i4i or other medical-based funds, those seeking investment to take their early-stage products forward or to market.

Format: Four days and one evening intensive residential programme at Henley Business School.

Cost: £1750 per participant (excl VAT).

Next courses: the evening of Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 October and Monday 11 to Tuesday 12 November 2013.

Accelerator Programme Director, Ed Cooper

Tel: 0118 935 7115



Contact details



Tel: 020 8843 8015

NIHR CCF (i4i), Grange House, 15 Church Street, Twickenham, TW1 3NL