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i4i FAST (Funding At the Speed of Translation) Awards Pilot Scheme


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The brand new i4i FAST (Funding At the Speed of Translation) funding scheme is inviting innovators to submit applications that will answer a specific question, fund a single piece of activity or fill a specific evidence gap across all technology readiness levels. This could provide pivotal support by allowing innovations to be de-risked, further explored to justify further research and investment or to fail fast if simply not viable. Research themes can address any area of existing or emerging clinical unmet need.

This is the first round of i4i FAST Awards and will initially run as a pilot scheme. The Awards provide between £15k to £50k of funding for projects that can last between 3 to 6 months. FAST Awards are designed to have a rapid turnaround, and decisions to fund will be made within 6 to 8 weeks.

You can find further details about this new scheme by reading the applicant guidance and in a blog post from i4i Programme Director Professor Mike Lewis.

i4i FAST is a rolling call. Applications can be submitted from 13:00 on 04 April 2022.

The pilot scheme will be closing for evaluation on Monday, 27 June 2022. If you wish to submit an application to the pilot scheme, please do so by that date. To stay up to date about future funding opportunities, visit our Funding Opportunities page or subscribe to one of the NIHR communication channels.